View Full Version : Family of Fallen Soldier Warmed by Letters, Stung By Politicians

01-07-2011, 02:45 AM
Among that outpouring of empathy, two politicians inadvertently stung the family.

One slight came in a letter of condolences the family received from the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

At first, the Collins family appreciated that Cantwell had taken the time to send a letter acknowledging their sonís sacrifice.

But the letter misidentified the slain soldier in its last paragraph, which reads:

ďAgain, please accept my warmest condolences. May your memories of Bryn and the knowledge that he made a positive impact on the lives of so many serve as a source of comfort to you during this time of sorrow.Ē

The letter was dated Dec. 20 and delivered to Sean Collinsí mother, Linda Collins of Yelm. The error conveyed to the family that Cantwell had sent a form letter.