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Founder and CEO of the Silver Star Families of America Offers to Trade Himself
Self ^ | 2014 | Steve Newton

Posted on 06/11/2014 8:30:48 PM PDT by Steve Newton

For immediate Release 6/10/14 Clever, Mo

Founder and CEO of the Silver Star Families of America Offers to Trade Himself for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

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TOPICS: VetsCoR
KEYWORDS: ssfoa; wounded
In a letter delivered to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Steve Newton, founder and CEO of the Silver Star Families of America, has offered to swap himself for the Marine Sergeant who accidentally crossed over the border into Mexico with legal firearms.

“The mission of the Silver Star Families of America is to remember, honor and assist the wounded, ill and injured of our Armed Forces from all wars. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi suffers from seen and unseen wounds of war and thus he falls under our mission. We do not leave a man behind, Steve Newton stated.”

“This is not our first rodeo,” Newton continued. We were actively involved when Jon Hammer was imprisoned in 2012. We have to be very careful not to interfere in any official or unofficial efforts being made to free Tahmooressi. We are simply asking the Honorable President of Mexico to intervene in this situation. And a swap for an old sergeant like me for a young man with his whole life ahead of him seems like the thing to do.”

The Silver Star Families of America is a 501 c 3 nonprofit who provides for recognition, remembrance and assistance to our wounded, ill and injured. They can be contacted at www.silverstarfamilies.org

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6-10-14 Presidente de la República Enrique Peña Nieto Residencia Oficial de los Pinos Casa Miguel Alemán Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, Distrito Federal, México

Dear President Nieto:

My name is Steve Newton and I am the founder and CEO of the Silver Star Families of America. (SFOA) We have one mission: To remember, honor and assist the wounded, ill, injured and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars. We are a nongovernmental organization dedicated to those who have sacrificed for freedom.

I am writing concerning a Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi. He has fought well for his country and for the cause of freedom. As he is now suffering from post-traumatic stress we consider him wounded and thus he falls under our mission. We do not wish to interfere in any nation to nation negotiations or in the judicial process of the Republic of Mexico. But we do wish to stand with him.

Sergeant Tahmooressi accidentally crossed into the Republic of Mexico with firearms that are legal in the United States. He is now incarcerated at El Hongo Penal Tecate, BC and is suffering greatly from his war wounds, both physical and mental. I do not know if you have ever been to war for your country. But I have and I can tell you the experience lingers in your mind and body. I make no excuses because he violated the letter of the Mexican Republics law. But I don’t believe he violated the spirit of the law. Whatever foul he committed was not intentional and holding him would be cruel for he has suffered much already. The good heart of the Mexican people has always been without question. I appeal now to that good heart. I ask that Sergeant Tahmooressi be released at the earliest opportunity. President Nieto: It lays within your power to help an individual that has given up so much already. I ask that you do so. That you do the right thing. If there is a penalty to pay, let it fall to me. I am no longer young. Sergeant Tahmooressi has his whole life ahead of him. If you so wish I will gladly trade places with him and pay out whatever price that is required. A Republic is known by its patriotism—but it is also known by its compassion. Let us meet and discuss this. But let us do so as friends. I look forward to our conversations and to a mutual agreement in justice and honor.

You’re Friend

Steve Newton Presidente de la República

Enrique Peña Nieto

Residencia Oficial de los Pinos Casa Miguel Alemán

Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, Distrito Federal, México

Estimado Sr. Presidente Peña Nieto:

Mi nombre es Steve Newton y soy el fundador y Director the Silver Star Families of Am....... Tenemos una mision: Recordar, honrar y asistir a los heridos, enfermos, lastimados y proximos a morir de nuestras fuerzas armadas de todas las guerras. Somos una organizacion no gubernamental dedicada a aquellos que se han sacrificado por la libertad

Le escribo con respecto al marino S......El ha peleado bien por su pais y por la causa de la libertad. Ya que en este momento el esta sufriendo de stress postraumatico, lo consideramos herido y entra dentro de nuestra mision. No deseamos interferir con ninguna negociacion de nacion a nacion o en el proceso judicial de la Republica de Mexico, pero si deseamos hablar por el.

El Sargento T.....accidentalmente cruzo a la Republica de Mexico con armas de fuego que son legales en los Estados Unidos de America. El esta actualmente preso en El Hongo P.........., Baja California, y esta sufriendo mucho por sus heridas de guerra tanto mental como fisicamente.

No se si alguna vez usted ha peleado por su pais. Yo si lo he hecho y puedo decirle que la experiencia se queda permanentemente en la mente y en el cuerpo. No estoy inventando excusas porque el violo la carta de la ley de la Republica Mexicana, pero creo que el no violo el espiritu de la ley. Cualquier falta que el haya cometido no fue intencional y el detenerlo seria cruel ya que el ha sufrido mucho.

El buen corazon de la gente de Mexico siempre ha sido bien conocido. Yo apelo a ese buen corazon.

Le pido que el Sargento T...sea liberado a la brevedad posible.

Sr. Presidente Peña Nieto queda en sus manos ayudar a un individuo que ya ha dado tanto y yo atentamente se lo pido. Le ruego que haga lo correcto. Si hay alguna penalizacion que pagar, yo la pagare. Ya no soy joven y el Sargento T.......tiene toda la vida por delante. Si usted asi lo desea yo tomare su lugar y pagare el precio que sea necesario.

Una Republica se conoce por su patriotismo--pero tambien por su compasion. Por favor reunamonos para discutir lo anterior, pero permitanos hacerlo como amigos.

En espera de nuestra conversacion y de un mutuo acuerdo en justicia y honor, quedo de usted su atento, seguro servidor y amigo,

Atentamente.

1 posted on 06/11/2014 8:30:48 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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To: Steve Newton

I hope I did the right thing. No one else seems to be doing anything. And what good is an old sergeant like me?


2 posted on 06/11/2014 8:31:55 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Steve Newton

Well, Obama and Kerry and Clinton are NOT doing “official actions” to try to get our sgt out of the Mexican prison, so ....


3 posted on 06/11/2014 8:32:03 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Steve Newton

By the way. Several FReepers helped us with Hammer. FR has always been a part of the SSFOA.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 8:32:54 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Yeah Robert

And the thing is they will not even return our calls. God help us. This isn’t the country I grew up with.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 8:34:49 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Steve Newton

I think this is an excellent idea but it could be greatly improved if OBAMA offered to trade himself for the Marine held in Mexico. Hopefully, Mexico would accept the trade; the U.S. would be better on both counts - #get our Marine back and #Lose our traitorous President.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 9:00:26 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt

LOL

I LIKE IT!


7 posted on 06/11/2014 9:02:14 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Rembrandt

But I really hope they take this deal. Who knows?


8 posted on 06/11/2014 9:03:42 PM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Steve Newton

GOD Bless you.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 10:04:56 PM PDT by Finatic (Sometimes I think it would be nice to just get it on and get it over with. Once and for all.)
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To: Steve Newton

Your right Steve, knowing the Mexican Government it is so very corrupt. It would not surprise me one bit if there was a deal between Obama and the Mexican Government. You can see what is happening at the border right now with the children. Unfortunately the only option is go in and get him out by night by a Seal Team.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 10:16:32 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Finatic

Thank you so much. God bless you too.


11 posted on 06/12/2014 10:42:04 AM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Patriot Babe

Yes.

I wonder now though which is more corrupt. The Mexican Government or the Obama government.

Sigh


12 posted on 06/12/2014 10:43:47 AM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Steve Newton

There are now equal Steve. Like I said I recall as a little girl the first time I witnessed by off a ticket. My family and I went to Mexico City by car to visit my father’s family there. As we enter the city, my father got stopped by a Mexico Motorcycle Cop. I remember sitting in the back seat, I don’t recall the conversation my father had with him, but I do recall my father handing him money and off we went. As time went by, my father would talk about how corrupt Mexico is. My father knew because he knew the Who Whose of Mexico. You see my grandfather was a childhood friend of man who became Mexico’s President. They remain friends and so did my father. My father was offered jobs in the Mexican Government. My father refused all of them. He would have lived a comfortable lifestyle in Mexico but he refused. Having issues with his Stepfather and just to get away from it all, he came to the US. My father rather work out in the fields than be surrounded by corruption, which he actually did. He picked veggies in California, Montana, etc. where there were farms. He struggled but he had his integrity and that was the most important. Then sometime back in the early 70’s, we attended a Cinco de Mayo parade near our town. We went as we stood on the sideline, here comes a car. The car stopped in the middle of the parade and out came a man who walked up to my father and hugged him. I then realize he was the former President of Mexico. Everyone was stunned to know my father knew him. He requested for us to join him in the car ( as a kid I thought that was cool, looking back I know why) - my father refused. Like I said my father knew the Warren Buffets, and the Bill Gates of Mexico but he never wanted to do business with them. Also I learned later in life after father passed, was that he was offered a job in Mexico (no needed to apply lol). They wanted him like the head Alcohol and Tabacco and Firearm. They already had his badge and gun ready. Guess what, my father turned it down. Yet he was able to get his stepbrother a job as a secret service agent protecting the president until my uncle got caught lol.

So my belief is yes that the Mexican Government and Obama are equally corrupt. Yet here at least we can fight back. The Mexican people are not allowed to be armed. That is why we are a blessing.


13 posted on 06/12/2014 11:34:35 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Patriot Babe

Your father sounds like an honorable noble man.


14 posted on 06/12/2014 11:50:05 AM PDT by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: Steve Newton

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15 posted on 06/13/2014 9:39:49 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: doc1019

Odumbo will kiss the behind of a known muzzie deserter and his parents but not lift one finger to help get our marine back.

Words cannot describe how I despise ODUMBO!


16 posted on 07/18/2014 2:55:43 AM PDT by DaveA37
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