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Using a Gold Star mom for gain: Classless

Date published: 10/5/2012

Using a Gold Star mom for gain: Classless

I am sickened by the latest ad by George Allen: a Gold Star mom talking about the death of her son in Iraq. For George Allen to use this tragedy for political gain is the lowest I have ever seen.

My son was in Afghanistan as a Special Operations solider tracking bin Laden. They were on his trail when George W. Bush took the focus off bin Laden. Almost all of the Special Ops troops, my son included, were pulled out of Afghanistan and sent in to Iraq to set up the war. After the war started my son was sent back to Iraq. The bin Laden trail was cold so they went back to work turning over rocks looking for the real bad guy.

On June 28, 2005, my son was killed in action. There were two AC130s assigned to his unit that were in Iraq, sitting on the ground. Three U.S. Navy SEALs were pinned down by 100-plus Taliban. My son and 16 other Special Ops troops went to the rescue with no cover from the AC130. They all died that day.

I will never forget those who gave all for us, and I will never vote for a man like George Allen who is so classless as to use a Gold Star mom for his gain. No one knows the pain of being a Gold Star parent. Everybody cares for our troops, we all love and thank them. It does not matter what party you belong to. I want someone in office that has the respect to never use the pain of that sacrifice.

Our troops will do anything asked of them so we must have leaders that will make sure it will be worth lives lost before sending them in.

When they ask why so many young men had to die, you tell them because so many old men lied. Don't put a liar back in office.

Lee Russell