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Cantwell apologizes for error in letter to fallen soldier’s family

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Jan. 3, 2011 at 10:30 am with No Comments »
January 3, 2011 10:30 am

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has apologized for sending a letter to a fallen soldier’s mother that misnamed him in its last paragraph.

The Dec. 20 letter was intended to show respect for Sgt. Sean M. Collins’ sacrifice, but the mistake frustrated the Collins family.

Its first two paragraphs correctly identified Collins, who grew up in Yelm and was killed in Afghanistan Dec. 12 in a suicide attack on his combat outpost. The third and final paragraph called him “Bryn.”

John Diamond, Cantwell’s communications director, issued the following statement about the error.

“Senator Cantwell has the greatest respect for Sergeant Sean M. Collins’ service and the deepest sympathy for his family’s tremendous loss.¬†Senator Cantwell has spoken with both of the fallen soldier’s parents to convey her respect and deepest sympathies.¬†Our office hopes that this error will not overshadow this bright young man’s service to our country nor cloud the respect Senator Cantwell has for the Collins family and her heartfelt sorrow for their loss.”

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