Tom Logan’s son. Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, was a Marine. He died in January of this year, along with 5 others, when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. Almost 4 months later, via UPS, Tom received a letter from President Obama. You can imagine his pain when he discovered that the letter he received was a simple form letter.
He sees it this way.
“…the note (was) late, impersonal, disrespectful and essentially a form letter.
“It opened up a wound in our heart you can’t fix. You can’t send another letter. You can’t make it right.”
It turns out he was right. It was a form letter. Houston KPRC reported the following information:
“Local 2 Investigates examined two other letters sent by Obama to families of soldiers killed in action. The one-page typed condolence letters were identical other than names, ranks and service branches.”
Three calls were made to the White House for comment. None were returned.
Sean Smith, a US State Department official, was killed last month in the 9/11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Today the White House finally admitted that this attack that resulted in the death of four Americans was not the result of an obscure YouTube video as suggested for 10 days, but the result of a planned terrorist attack. Sean Smith’s mother appeared on CNN this evening.
On my best day I could never come close to capturing the emotion of the hurt placed on this women by the President and those who serve him. If you read no further, I ask that you watch this video. (click here if you can’t see the video below.)
Mitt Romney told the following story at a rally this week. The following was reported by ABC News.
Mitt Romney: “Chris Horton, who was acting as a combat sniper in the Oklahoma National Guard, was killed when he and several others were ambushed in Paktya, Afghanistan, in September 2011. When he was buried, protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church turned up at his funeral, and as Romney now tells it to crowds of thousands, his wife wasn’t angry.
“She was asked what do you think of that and this is the quote, she said this, ‘Chris died for them to be able to protest,’” Romney said at a rally last weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. “This is quite a nation we live in. There are some extraordinary people.”
Upon learning from a friend that her husbands story was being presented by Governor Romney, Horton had the following to say.
“To be honest, I’ve been through a lot and I’m not a super emotional person but it brings me to tears,” Horton said in an interview with ABC News, after being informed of her husband’s newfound spot on the national stage. “Not that he’s telling my story, but that he’s telling my husband’s story, it means the world to me.”
There is more to this story. The part that, until ABC searched out Jane Horton, was never told. Never told for political gain. Likely, by design, would never have made it to the press.
“Horton, like her late husband, is a Romney supporter. He had a small role in his 2008 campaign in their Oklahoma office and she has worked here and there for his bid this time around.
They first spoke when Romney wrote her a handwritten letter after Chris was killed. It was Oct. 1, 2011, Horton said, re-reading the letter as she spoke, remembering that she was shocked Romney had put two and two together — that one of his many staffers had been killed and he’d figured out a way to find his wife.”
Three stories. You can draw your own conclusions. Jane Horton’s husband Chris, while no longer living had drawn his conclusions long ago.
“One of the last things my husband said to me before he was killed, when I would ask him, ‘Chris, what do you need over there? What can I send you?’ he said, ‘I need a new president.’”