DML’s Letter to the President is from a Gold Star Mom

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Dear Mr. President,
As the mainstream media tries to hang you from your toes over “not immediately calling” the families of four members of our military who recently died, I thought you’d like to read this letter that I received from a Gold Star Mom on Tuesday.

I hope you consider contacting her.  Here is her letter:

TO: Dennis Michael Lynch
Re: Obama not calling families of the fallen.

I lost my son Marine Lance Corporal Jordan Bastean on October 23, 2011. We are from Pekin, IL and I never heard from Obama by phone. I did however receive a form letter with a ‘pinned’ signature of Obama. I would think with all Obama’s vacations he didn’t even press the print button to generate the letter. I even had my casualty office reach out to Obama to ask him if he would sign his book that I had recently purchased. I’M STILL WAITING!!!

If you check into what was going on in IL after my son’s death, 2 years later Mrs. Obama attended a teens (black) funeral who was shot in a gang related incident. Never once did I get acknowledgement of my son’s death.

I’m sure you know that Marines report directly to POTUS. In my mind my Marine son is an ’employee’ of POTUS and for him to not acknowledge the loss of his employee was heart breaking.

What I’m most proud of is the personal note that Gen. Mattis wrote me. I would love to meet him, John Kelly and Mr. Trump one day. I’m hoping it will be soon because I have a bill that was introduced to rename our Post office after my son, Jordan. H.R.2673

As a side note: my son Jordan had only been in the US Marines for 15 months before he was KIA in Afghanistan. I raised Jordan as single mother after his father left when he was 4. Jordan was my only child, so when I lost him I lost my entire world.

Thank you for your time,
Kathy Bastean
Pekin, IL

(end of letter)

Mr. President, although she didn’t send me a picture of her son, I took it upon myself to search for his photo.  I also looked into him some more.  Here is some information from the Perkins Times regarding his death:

Less than two years out of high school, Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Bastean of Pekin has been killed in combat conditions while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.Bastean was killed Sunday, Oct. 23, “while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force” out of Twentynine Palms, Calif., according to a Department of Defense press release.

The news of Bastean’s death, devastating to those who knew the 19-year-old, was officially released Monday evening. By Sunday night, however, it had already swept across a social network website and Monday morning spread to shock students and staff at Pekin Community High School.

Just as quickly came high praise, somberly spoken, for the young man liked by “everyone who met him,” said lifelong neighbor Eric Petri, and “among the top five” out of nearly 1,000 cadets the school’s JROTC master sergeant has supervised.

Bastean “excelled in everything,” not just as a four-year cadet and captain of the program’s champion-caliber Air Rifle Team, said Master Sgt. Joseph Fabish. “He was a very well-rounded person. I’d trust him completely in anything.

“I’m just devastated,” Fabish said. “This is hitting the cadets pretty hard today.”

Thank you for listening,
Dennis Michael Lynch

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