01 Oct '12, 4am

Letter from doomed soldier helped change congressman's mind on Afghan withdrawal date. #military

Staff Sgt. Matthew Sitton U.S. Army TAMPA — Sarah Sitton knew her husband Matt, an Army staff sergeant, was upset he and his men were forced to trudge through fields laden with improvised explosive devices. She knew he was so concerned he wrote a letter essentially predicting his own death to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who attended the same Largo church as the Sittons. What surprised her was how much impact the letter would have. Young this week reversed his position on Afghanistan, a change of heart he says came in part because of Sitton's letter. In a position opposite that held by most leaders of his party, the influential Republican is now calling for U.S. troops to leave the country ahead of the 2014 deadline called for by President Barack Obama. He also has called a hearing for 10 a.m. Thursday to ask the agency in charge of protecting troops against IEDs to explain ...

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