Kirsters Baish| There have been a lot of comments circulating about what President Donald Trump has said in regards to fallen American soldiers. What he was doing was attempting to make a point that he, along with the entire Trump administration, are working very hard to make sure that they can help the families who lost loved ones in the line of duty get through the loss. These losses happen far too often for the families of United States soldiers.
The majority of these comments come from things that President Trump has said about other presidents. While Trump wasn’t trying to criticize previous presidents, many people took his words for criticism. He then tried to add facts to his comments to back them up and clarify his point.
President Trump spoke to a radio station stating, “I think I’ve called every family of someone who’s died. As far as other representatives, I don’t know. You could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”
It seems that President Trump might not even need to back up his comments. There are people who will happily do that for him. We all know that losing a child is the hardest thing anyone could ever have to go through. Jill Stephenson went through losing her son. It was about 8 years ago that her phone rang and on the other end was the worst news she could have ever imagined. Her son, United States Army Ranger Benjamin Kopp, had been shot in the leg. She was under the impression that he may lose his leg, but it was much worse. He ended up losing his life.
Stephenson never even got a phone call or a meeting or even a letter from anyone within the Obama administration. Things changed when Trump took his seat in the Oval Office, however. First Lady Melania Trump decided it was time that someone acknowledge this poor woman’s loss. She felt it was best to send a touching letter to Jill showing her own personal sorrow for her son’s loss and her gratitude for the sacrifices he made.
The letter reads:
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Ms. Stephenson,
I wish to offer my heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices you have made and the high price you and your family have paid to help ensure our freedom.
As a mother, you bear the burden of war in a very personal way. I want to take a moment, on Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, to honor you and your son, Corporal Benjamin Kopp, who laid down his life to protect us, our country, and all we hold dear. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.
I hold you close to my heart and keep you in my prayers.
We are so lucky to finally have a President and First Lady who truly care about the people who sacrifice their lives for our country. Melania’s letter was truly what this grieving mother needed to hear, and it’s wonderful to see her finally receiving the support she deserves.