‘Wolfhounds’ deliver wheelchairs to needy children

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Matthew Spady (right), civil liaison team noncommissioned officer, Salah ad Din PRT, secures an Iraqi child into her new pediatric wheelchair, at the Tikrit Rehabilitation Hospital, March 28. PRT members and Soldiers with Co. A, 1st Bn. 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, delivered wheelchairs to Iraqi families in need.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Spady (right), civil liaison team noncommissioned officer, Salah ad Din PRT, secures an Iraqi child into her new pediatric wheelchair, at the Tikrit Rehabilitation Hospital, March 28. PRT members and Soldiers with Co. A, 1st Bn. 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds,” 2nd BCT, 25th ID, delivered wheelchairs to Iraqi families in need.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Coltin Heller
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq — Iraqi parents soothed and cradled their children, waiting for assistance promised by the Tikrit Rehabilitation Hospital staff.

Then, smiles appeared on the faces of Iraqi children and their parents.

Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhound,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and members of Salah ad Din Provincial Reconstruction Team, delivered 12 wheelchairs to Iraqi families in need, March 28.

PRT members unloaded the wheelchairs that the Wolfhound Soldiers had transported, while parents carried their children into the Tikrit Rehabilitation Hospital’s gymnasium to place their children into their new wheelchairs.

“You could tell the parents were really into what we were doing,” said 1st Lt. Ty Lin, Co. A, 1st Bn., 27th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “They watched and were very attentive on what was going on, so they know what to do to make their kids as comfortable as possible.”

Lin said he enjoys the reactions of children and has no reservations coming back during humanitarian assistance missions.

“I’m proud to escort the PRT when conducting this type of mission,” Lin said. “It’s great knowing you could have a hand in something as good as this.”

The donated wheelchairs provide Iraqi families with a better quality of life for their children.

 

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