William Tyler poses for a portrait at his home in Beaumont on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005. He was evacuated before Hurricane Rita with other special needs residents. Although the mass evacuation saved countless lives, there were no plans to return evacuees back to their homes after the hurricane. The American Red Cross eventually helped him pay for a Greyhound Bus ticket home from a nursing home in the Atlanta, Ga. area.
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