Why did a US veteran give a stranger his Purple Heart?
1 February 2017 Last updated at 16:23 GMT
They had never met but Jeff and Alaa both found themselves at Dulles airport near Washington after President Trump signed an executive order introducing extreme vetting for immigrants.
When they met, Jeff gave Alaa his Purple Heart military honour, which he was awarded after being wounded on active service.
Alaa says this is a story he will keep telling.
Produced by Jessica Lussenhop and David Botti