- Feb 19, 2012
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- Political Leaning
His dad died in 2007 when a armored vehicle he sat in overturned during a river crossing in Tarin Kowt Uruzgan. The child has never seen his father and now is full of questions so he sent in this letter which was photographed and put online by the minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis with the request for people to send in information to the ministry.
The letter says:
Dear family, friend and co-workers of Rob, I am the son of Robert Donkers. I am Stan and I am 8 years old.
Can I ask you something about daddy? Because I never got to know him and you did!
* What did daddy like?
* what did daddy think was cool
* Did daddy love animals?
* What did daddy like to eat?
* Did he do good in school?
Can people also tell me other things about my dad? And stories about him! And it would also be OK if you have pictures or video's with him in it.
Thanks if you write me back.
What a touching letter and an attempt of a young boy to find out more about his father's life inside the armed forces by his co-workers. And a good thing that the head of the DOD took the time to spread this request so that as many people as possible get to read it and possibly send in footage/pictures/information and stories.
Because this is what is the other side of armed conflict is, young children from fallen soldiers who are full of questions for information about the parent they lost in the war. That is very important because it is very difficult for the surviving parent to correctly comment on what the deceased parents life truly was, during that parents time in the armed force