Update On Ben
October 26, 2007
I’m sure that most of you remember, I shared Ben’s story in this post on October 13th. Ben is an autistic child who was found wandering around an industrial area of eastern Baghdad, by Iraqi Security Forces. They brought him to the Adhamiyah Joint Security Station, where he had been staying since then, as the search for Ben’s family continued. Ben had quickly taken to the medic at the JSS, Spc. Ratliff. This morning I received an email from SPC Tyler Ratliff in response to my email about some of us wishing to provide clothing and toys for Ben.
Here’s what Spc. Ratliff had to say.
Thank you mama for your concern for little Ben’s health here at the JSS, but we returned little Ben back to his home where he belongs. Thanks a lot for the offer you gave.
I’m sure that Ben’s parents had been frantic with worry and had no idea where to turn to, for help in locating him. I’m sure they were extremely relieved to find out that not only was Ben coming home, but that he had been taken care of and cared for. I’m sure that Ben will never forget the kindness of the American Soldiers who took him under their wing and protected him.
Thank you Specialist Ratliff, for your service and sacrifice and your excellent care of Ben.