Betty on the News: U.S. Soldier Alive Despite Notice to Family
A miscommunication leaves one family is a state of despair
A family in western New York got the shock of their lives when they learned that their son – whom they thought was dead – was actually alive.
On Sunday Ray and Robin Jasper were told that their child Sgt. Jesse Jasper had been killed while serving in Afghanistan, when it was the man’s friend who had passed away.
“I’m sorry to inform you that on Sept. 12, Sgt. Judin and Sgt. Jesse Jasper were killed in Afghanistan,” a family liaison representing Jesse had relayed over the phone.
For four solid hours the family grieved for their son, until Jesse’s girlfriend informed them of the horrible mix-up.
“She was screaming to me, ‘He’s alive! Jesse’s not dead! I just got off the phone with him,’” Ray Jasper recalled Tuesday.
Jesse phoned his family shortly after. “Dad, what’s going on?” the 26-year-old had said.
His father, overcome with relief after hearing his son’s voice, just about lost it once more. “I said, ‘Oh my God you’re alive, I love you, I love you, I love you, you’re alive,”‘ Ray revealed.
A spokesman for the 82nd Airborne said that Jesse’s unit notifies all families of deaths within the unit. Callers are told to read from a written script to avoid misinterpretation. USAToday.com reports that the Army is taking this mix-up very seriously, and will speak to the Jaspers about the matter further. (The New York Post)