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Sep 20, 2015 By Doron Almog Category: Special Needs,
Shai and Eran: Autistic boy and IDF lieutenant colonel shared special bond
Photo: Alon Alshech
From left to right: Yossi Kahana, Lt. Col Shai Moskovitch, General Doron Almog, Rev. Michael J. Graham, Stanley Chesley, Nina Paul, Ed Paul.
Eleven years ago, Israeli Air Force Commander Eliezer Shkedi invited me to speak at an officers’ induction ceremony at Tel Nof Air Force Base. While we were all mingling, engaged in small talk around the pool, a young major suddenly approached me.
"I’m Shai, your son Eran's friend," he told me.
"But Eran has no friends," I replied. "He can’t have friends because he's autistic, and he's also severely cognitively disabled."
"You have no idea how smart he is," Shai continued.
"Really?! And who are you, might I ask?"
"I’m an engineer in the unit here. We’re the ones who put together and take apart the F-16s."
"I suppose any minute you’ll also be telling me that Eran knows aeronautics?" I quipped.
"Believe me, I learn so much from your son every single day. Every week I come to run with him, along with some of my friends from the unit."
Doron Almog is a retired IDF general and founder of Aleh Negev, a state-of-the-art rehabilitative community in the Negev desert.