Obama sends form letter to family of fallen SEAL Team 6 member (Update)
In fact, an investigation by this TV station in Houston revealed that the president has been sending form letters of condolence to many of our fallen soldiers:
A man who lost a son to the war in Afghanistan is disappointed in the condolence letter he received from President Barack Obama.
Tom Logan, a Willis resident, calls the note 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," Logan said.
Logan's son, USMC Cpl. Joseph D. Logan, was killed Jan. 19, 2012, along with five other men when the helicopter they were in crashed.
Joey Logan was 22.
"He would have been more mad about this than I am," Tom Logan said.
Tom Logan said he believes Obama did little more than sign his name to the document. He believes his son deserved more.
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.
There is no standard or written protocol that we could find dealing with presidential condolence letters.
"Different presidents have approached the task in ways that are unique with their personalities and their priorities," University of Houston Professor and Historian Nancy Beck Young said.
Young examined the letter written to Tom Logan, which arrived by UPS truck four months after his son's death.
"I would agree, this is a personal sacrifice and an impersonal condolence," Young said.
Young said that it appears Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, wrote more personal, individualized, sometimes hand-written notes to the families of soldiers.
Young also said that form letters, condolence, or otherwise, are a function of the modern age we live in.
"I think it's an indication of how of how the office of the presidency works in the early 21st century," Young said.
Tom Logan is convinced it shouldn't work like that, not now, not ever.
"Where are the representatives of our government? Where is the honor and the respect that all of these soldiers deserve?" Logan asked.
Local 2 Investigates attempted to contact the White House for comment three times. We have not received a response.
As mentioned, Bush sent hundreds of personal letters to the families of war casualties. And yet, former GOP Senator Larry Pressler is endorsing Obama because of how much he cares about the troops:
Let's be clear, Romney and Ryan would be disastrous for America's service members, veterans and military families. Public praise rings hollow when you fail to mention an ongoing war in accepting your party's nomination to be president, or veterans in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a so-called jobs plan or in a budget that should be a blue print of our nation's values.
Meanwhile President Obama recognizes our sacred trust with those who serve starts when they take their oath and never ends. He's enacted tax credits to spur businesses to hire unemployed veterans and wounded warriors. He implemented and improved the post-9/11 GI Bill, the largest investment in veterans education since the original GI Bill over sixty years ago. He's proposing a Veterans Jobs Corps that would put returning service members to work as police officers, firefighters and first responders. As part of his achievable plan to keep moving our country forward, the President would use half the savings from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to help pay down our debt and invest in nation building here at home, putting Americans back to work -- including our veterans -- fixing our roadways and runways, bridges and schools.
Well, Senator, how would you describe a Commander in Chief who sends form letters of condloence to the families of our fallen 4 months late?
Yes, he really cares doesn't he?
The story above is about a form letter sent to a Marine corporal, not a Navy SEAL. But Jim Hoft has the story of 3 different fallen SEAL members receiving a form letter signed by electric pen.
We apologize for the confusion.