Liberty Tribune (Letter to the Editor): Washington needs leaders like Blunt
July 21, 2016
Although my husband and I try to vote in most major elections, we don’t consider ourselves to be political people. However, our family recently endured a crisis and have decided to speak out.
For several years, our son has been teaching elementary education overseas. But while working in the United Arab Emirates in 2010, our son experienced something very common for foreigners or tourists: his passport was stolen. After he took all of the necessary steps to resolve the issue and was even cleared to leave the country for a new job, we thought this was the end of his passport problem.
A few years later, my husband and I received a shocking phone call from our son, who told us he had been detained during a layover in the UAE while returning to his job in Egypt. He was being charged with $90,000 in defaulted loans — a very serious crime — and couldn’t figure out why he was detained. I panicked and immediately began working around the clock and reached out to our members of Congress.
My prayer was answered when I received a phone call from Sen. Roy Blunt’s office. He and his staff were in almost daily contact with us during our son’s 17-day ordeal, and most importantly, our son was safely released and able to return to his teaching position in Egypt, thanks to Blunt.
During these troubled times, we need more leaders in Washington like Blunt, who truly care about the people they represent.
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