Sgt. Sean Collins and five other fellow solders were KIA (Killed In Action) on Dec. 12 while on patrol in Afghanistan.
Sean’s father, Pat, is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel understands what it is to live a soldier’s life.
What he doesn’t understand is how a condolence letter from their US Senator could have gotten his slain son’s name wrong.
He also doesn’t understand how the Commander-in-Chief doesn’t have time in his schedule to speak to a fallen hero’s mother, but has time to speak to the Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, and speak highly of Michael Vick.
First, Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell sent a letter of condolence to the Collins family. The top of the letter got Sgt. Sean Collins’ name right, but the final paragraph referred to him as “Bryn.”
Sean’s mother, Linda Collins, called the mistake “a little disappointing.”
Cantwell has since acknowledged the error, and the Collins family has accepted her apology.
A request was made to the White House regarding the possibility of a presidential phone call to Sgt. Collins’ mother, Linda.
Pat Collins said he was told within “two or three days” of asking that his request was denied.
The senior Collins was informed that the president could not fit it “into his schedule” to call Sean’s mother about their son’s death. Pat said he would’ve understood, except for the fact that around the same time, Obama found an opening in his schedule for a much-publicized phone conversation with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.
“He is the president of the United States, and he’s a very busy man, very important man – but then to find out that he fit it into his schedule to call the owner of the Eagles to thank him for giving Michael Vick a second chance, that kind of burns a little bit,” Collins said.
A senior administration official stated that the president remains committed to honoring the troops.
“The president honors the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform and sends hand-signed letters to the families of those who lost their lives. My understanding is that President Bush had the same policy,” the official said.
Aside from sending hand-signed letters, Bush also reportedly met privately with hundreds of families of troops who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And What Vick Did…
Vick plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges. He also admitted running a dogfighting ring as well as to hanging, drowning, electrocuting, and savagely beating dogs to death.
Source – Fox News.
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