...you're decorated, combat wounded, veteran of two tours in Afghanistan; ...you're admitted to a Veterans Hospital for treatment; ... and you're being held against your will in a horrible Mexican jail.
This isn't a joke — my son Andrew, 25 years of age, is a current inactive Reservist Marine Corps Meritoriously Promoted Sergeant who served with honor in two tours. After being honorably discharged active duty from the Marine Corps, Andrew went to San Diego in March to receive treatment for PTSD. While driving in Southern California, he unknowingly took a wrong turn and wound up at a Mexican Customs Checkpoint. He was denied the right to turn back and was arrested for carrying firearms into Mexico that are legally registered in the United States. In desperation, he even called 9-11 for help. Now, he is in jail in Mexico (he's been moved to three different jails), has been denied bail, and is being represented by the third attorney ordered.
We have appealed to the State Department... but John Kerry "raised the issue". We have filed a petition with the White House ... but President Obama has ignored our pleas.
Andrew is not an "issue". He is a grave, serious, URGENT CONCERN.
I have been honored to be a featured guest on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, and other major cable news networks that have covered Andrew's case. I hope that you're seen or heard something in the news about my son on the news.
Everyone agrees — Andrew shouldn't be in jail, yet all of his life savings will be spent on his defense of an unintentional entry. This horrific experience has broken Andrew physically, emotionally and financially. So today, I'm at my last resort. As a mother, I'm asking for your immediate help.
I'm so fortunate to have the assistance of many friends and organizations here in America that have helped me set up the Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Liberty Fund.
You see, the truth is, I'm just a mom from Florida. I'm not a diplomat, or an international lawyer, or a strong Marine like my son. I need help to get Andrew out of jail and to bring him home and for that I'm going to need to hire talented lawyers... lawyers that I can't afford and that our government isn't willing to provide.