Being a mother to a son who has just returned from his fourth tour to Helmand, only to be going back again in August, leaving his newborn child, I think Mr Andrews’ views very insensitive.
My son doesn’t consider himself a hero, it’s his job at the end of the day and he knew what was involved when he signed up at 18.
Maybe if Mr Andrews’ stomach did somersaults every time it was announced yet another one of our troops has been killed in action and then sigh in guilty relief when told the family has been notified, he might feel a little different.
My son is my hero and I’m sure many relatives and friends of our troops everywhere will agree.
(Mother to LAEM Daniel Newton)
New Beacon Road, Grantham