A Gold Star mom, a Colorado woman whose U.S. Marine son died while serving in Afghanistan, said that a president showed a lack of respect toward her—and it’s not President Donald Trump.
“I’m a Gold Star mother and it pains me to see what is happening. The media bias is obvious to anyone willing to dig a little deeper than just believing what they hear on the news,” Julie Schrock wrote to the New York Post, which published portions of her letter.
Her son, United States Marine Corps Cpl. Max Donahue, died after he was severely injured in Afghanistan in 2010.
“When my son died, then-President Obama not only made no effort to reach out, but the condolence letter we received was signed by a computer. He didn’t even sign the letter!” she said.
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“Then, when I received multiple copies of the letter, I was told there was a computer ‘glitch’ that wasn’t fixed yet so more would probably keep coming and I should just throw them away. Not even a Sorry!” Schrock wrote.
“I anonymously reported this to our local news station, which ran it one time versus the three days of Trump mishandling of a Gold star condolence. Sad and hurtful to say the least.”
It comes amid a media storm over President Trump’s call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, who died in an ambush attack in Niger.
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This week, a Gold Star family received a $25,000 personal check from Trump, ABC11 reported. The check was sent to Chris Baldridge, who is the father of Sgt. Dillon Baldridge—one of three American soldiers killed in Afghanistan when an Afghan police officer fired on them.
“I am glad my legal counsel has been able to finally approve this contribution to you,” the letter reportedly said. “Enclosed is a check for $25,000—I hope this will make things a bit easier, but nothing will ever replace your son, Dillon. He was an American hero.”
— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) October 25, 2017
Shrock also recently condemned NFL players for protesting during the national anthem.
“That flag was at Iwo Jima and 9/11 and on my son’s casket,” she said in September, IJR.com reported. “That’s what was handed to me, that flag has a meaning that should be honored and respected.”
(H/T – IJR)