posted on Oct, 11 2012 @ 09:17 PM
I usually agree with you but I think this issue here is a non-one.
I served 24 years - I lost men in my Command ad wrote all my letters personally; however, I didn't Command the whole military. A form letter from the
POTUS, let's hope it was at least really signed not auto-penned or stamped is about what one should expect unless the guy was getting like the Medal
of Honor or something. Lot of servicemen die in conflict - it’s always tragic for the family and the immediate command but hardly a consequence in
the big scheme of things at the National level.
If we set the precedent the POTUS should pen a personal letter to every fallen Soldier we are in real trouble should we ever have another World War.
He'd have time for nothing else.
I am sure that his family got a personal letter from the first Flag Officer in the Chain of Command that was likely at least edited by the Admiral
and personally signed.
However, even that is mostly a meaningless gesture as they write as if they all knew the individual but likely couldn't pick him out of 10 people
lined up in photos.
I am sure his immediate Commander and Senior NCO personally visited the family and that means something -he knew him and cared about him. He felt the
loss almost as much as they did. Unless he is an asshole anyway. I know I cried and beat myself up with what if's when I lost anyone under my
Command. This thankfully was only twice.
I could care less about a letter from someone so far removed in the Chain of Command.
That is just my personal opinion. Death is tragic but predictable outcome for all servicemen - a personal letter from the POTUS is not warranted
unless the person died doing something heroic or of significance.
Like I said to the family it’s always tragic and every mission is of significance to the individual and the unit but hardly significant at the
National Command level.
edit on 11/10/2012 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)