Sarah Hoidahl is a 22-year-old single mother living with her mom.  One day she was waiting on two female soldiers and noticed they were trying to choose inexpensive menu items because they weren't getting paid due to the government shutdown.

Sarah decided to cover their tab, which came to $27.75 so instead of a bill, she gave them a note thanking them for their service.

The women posted a picture of the note on Facebook and Ellen got wind of it so she brought Sarah on her show Friday and gave her the $27.75 and a big-screen TV.  Then came the biggest surprise of all...