Troopers Helping Troopers

AAST members have done it again. They stepped up to the plate when a fellow trooper needed support.

Two years ago, AAST notified our members by email about a serious medical condition of Idaho State Police trooper Jason Bailey’s 2-year-old son, Wyatt, and his family’s need of financial assistance to care for their sick child.

Wyatt’s medical condition forced him to live on an expensive formula. He could not eat solid foods, and without this formula, Wyatt suffers from severe intestinal illness. The formula cost the Bailey family over $2,000 a month and, unfortunately, was not covered by their insurance.

AAST members throughout the country responded to the call to assist a brother trooper with over $12,000 in donations.

Many of you have already received personal notes of thanks from the Bailey family. The AAST board and staff are humbled, yet not surprised, by the outpouring of support for a brother trooper in need.


Tpr. Jason Bailey, pictured with son, Wyatt, is grateful for the help provided by troopers across the country in his time of need.

The following is an update from Trooper Bailey:

Dear AAST Members & Staff:

I have been patiently waiting for an appropriate time to give an update on Wyatt. We have been through a lot of ups and downs this spring and summer; however, I believe we are finally in a new stage with Wyatt, and his body is accepting foods we have never been able to give him.

We noticed this summer his reactions seemed to be minimizing; nonetheless, he was still reacting to everything like he was before we started all this. It has been within the last month we noticed his reactions are slowly turning into very minimal and even absent reactions on occasions to foods he had definitely been unable to eat. We are still supplementing his diet with the formula; however, we finally have hope we are near the end with all this and Wyatt is well on his way to a normal diet.

I think back on this time last year, and I had no idea where this was going, much less end up. While it has been a very long and frustrating year, we also have so much to be thankful for, and we could not be happier with the way things are progressing. The generous support we were given will never be forgotten and will serve as a model to which my family will strive to live up to. We thank all the AAST members and staff.


The Baileys