President Bush did NOT do this…..
Tom Logan angered to receive ‘impersonal’ condolence letter from the White House four months after son’s death in Afghanistan
Investigation finds the White House has been sending same condolence letters to families of foreign soldiers for years
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 01:04 EST, 11 October 2012 | UPDATED: 07:21 EST, 11 October 2012
An anguished father says he was saddened to receive an ‘impersonal’ form letter from the president regarding the death of his son in Afghanistan – as it is revealed that the White House has been sending the same exact letters to families of fallen troops for years.
Back in January, Tom Logan, of Willis, Texas, was ecstatic when it appeared that his son, USMC Cpl Joseph Logan, had come home on a surprise visit.
But the man at the door that day was not Joseph. He was a fellow Marine who had come to deliver the heartbreaking news that Mr Logan’s youngest son had been killed in action.
Heartbreak: Four months after his son’s death, Tom Logan said he was saddened all over again when a UPS delivery truck brought a letter of condolence from President Obama
Cpl Logan was one of six Marines who were killed when a chopper went down in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on January 19.
‘He was a good kid,’ Mr Logan told KPRC while fighting back tears, ‘and he’s not going to come back anymore.’
But four months after his death, Mr Logan said he was saddened all over again when a UPS delivery truck brought a letter of condolence from President Obama.
Speaking to KPRC in Houston, Mr Logan called it a form letter that was ‘impersonal’ and ‘disrespectful.’
Carbon copies: An investigation by KPRC found that the letters sent by the White House to the families of fallen troops are carbon copies of each other- except for names and ranks
Fallen: Cpl Joseph Logan was one of six Marines who were killed when a chopper went down in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on January 19
Form letters have been used to delivers condolences to bereaved families of servicemen for many years.
However Mr Logan told the station: ‘It opened up a wound – a hole in our heart that you can’t fix. You can’t send another letter. You can’t make it right.’
A subsequent investigation by KPRC found that the letters sent by the White House to the families of fallen troops are carbon copies of each other- except for names and ranks.
In addition, Gateway Pundit found that the same form letters date back as far as 2009 for soldiers, Navy SEALs and Marines.
Nancy Beck Young, a professor and historian at the University of Houston, said different presidents have approached the task of writing such letters in line with their personalities and priorities.
All the same: A separate investigation by Gateway Pundit found that the same form letters date back as far as 2009 for fallen soldiers, Navy SEALs and Marines
After examining the letter written to Mr Logan, she said: ‘I would agree, this is a personal sacrifice and an impersonal condolence.’
Young said that it appears Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, wrote more personalised notes, some of them hand-written.
Form letters, she added, were a trait of the modern age.
‘I think it’s an indication of how the office of the presidency works in the early 21st century,’ she told KPRC in Houston.
Mr Logan believes it should never work that way.
‘Where are the representatives of our government? Where is the honor and the respect that all of these soldiers deserve?’ he said.
The White House did not respond to repeated requests for comment by KPRC.
- Father Of Fallen Marine Disgusted With Obama’s Letter (personalliberty.com)
- Confirmed: Obama Sent Same Form Letter to Parents of All Fallen Soldiers, Marines, SEALs (thegatewaypundit.com)
- CBS’ Lara Logan Slams US Government And Says The Taliban Is As Strong As Ever (businessinsider.com)