On July 21, 2011, my wife and I sent a request to the White House for President Barack Obama to send a birthday greeting to my father, Elden V. LaHayne, in honor of his 90th birthday on May 2. (We were told to request the greeting at least six months before the date, and we gave them over nine months.)
In the request, we stated that my father served his country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and that he received a Purple Heart for an injury he received during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. We are still waiting for the greeting.
Apparently, his administration doesn't feel recognizing a senior citizen and veteran is important, or maybe the staff checked his voting records and found out he has voted Republican most of the time since coming home from the service.
Either way, I hope his friends and fellow veterans remember what didn't happen when they vote on Nov. 6. Thanks for nothing.
- Elden B. LaHayne, Schererville