Wilson should apologize or resign

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I see that President Trump is getting raked over the coals by Congresswoman Fredercia Wilson of Florida on the way he handled a phone call to the mother of a soldier killed in Africa by rebels.

My opinion is that this was a personal matter and she shouldn’t have said a thing. Either she is seeking publicity or she is just naive, or maybe not too smart. She should be more careful about what she’s talking about.

In this case, I have experienced this situation. While I was in Vietnam, I was in the 1st Infantry Division and saw hundreds of dead soldiers. Upon returning the Untied States, I was stationed at Ft. Lawton in Seattle. Prior to returning veterans, many mothers and wives were notified of their loved one’s death by Western Union. But when we came back the decision was made to have returning veterans, such as myself, do the notification of next of kin. I was assigned to this duty.

We were given certain words to say and if we couldn’t memorize the words, then we could read the words. The President of the United States regrets to inform you... I chose to memorize the words to be more dignified. What happened next will be with me until my dying days. I walked up the steps, I saw that she had an outgoing letter to her husband in her mail drop. I rang the door bell, she answered, and as soon as she saw a captain in Army uniform standing there, she knew what was coming and she completely broke down before I could even say a word.

Who knows if I said all the words correctly or not. I probably didn’t. I tried to comfort her, but of course to no avail. The point is that these types of situations are very sacred and very hard to deal with. We just do the best we can.

So Rep. Wilson is completely wrong by making whatever President Trump said or did not say a political issue.

She should apologize or resign. There is an old saying, “don’t criticize a person’s actions, until you have walked a mile in their shoes”.

ROGER GREGORY

Priest River

Vietnam veteran

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