Sgt. Sean Collins was living his childhood dream after joining the Army in 2005."Since he was 4 or 5 he always wanted to go in the military dress up in the gear always wanted to play army he always had a camouflage hat on or backpack," his mother Linda Collins said.
He had served two tours in Iraq and for the last six months was stationed in Afghanistan with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Campbell.
"In a counter-insurgency environment you have to accept a certain level of risk. He accepted it I accepted it he paid that price," his mother said.
While on patrol December 12th, suicide bombers snuck behind U.S. checkpoints and killed Sgt. Collins and five comrades. A week letter, a letter arrived at the family's mailbox.
The letter was from Senator Maria Cantwell. "The very last paragraph it said my condolences but it said Bryn instead of Sean you were kind of taken aback by wow this is probably just a form letter and didn't even take the time to proof read it so it was really disappointing," Collins said.
Sean's mother says her disappointment didn't end there. When Sean's father asked if President Obama could make a phone call to his ex-wife, Sean's Mother he was told he could not fit it into his schedule.
"That would be understandable he is the president and is a very busy man but to find out he fit it in to call the president of the eagles to thank him for giving Michael Vick a second chance that kind of burns a little bit," his father said.
Senator Cantwell has apologized for the mistake and personally called both of Sean's parents.
White House officials with the Bush administration report that while in office, George W. Bush mailed personal letters to all of the families of service members killed in the line of dutyand met privately with more than 500 of those families.