Cindy Arnold was worried about her soldier son, Matthew. So she picked up a pen and let one of the most powerful men in the world know it. Six weeks later, President Obama responded to her with a personal letter. Now Matthew is home in Stewartstown, York County to help her share her story.
A local military mother is spending this Memorial Day with her son. Private Matthew Arnold is serving in Fort Hood, Texas. On the day of the presidential inauguration, he called his mother Cindy and asked her some tough questions. "He wanted to know who would be responsible for funeral arrangements if he died."
That was enough to strike fear in Cindy, and almost immediately she found herself writing a letter to America's newest Commander in Chief. She asked him to please remember and protect her sons and other soldiers. She never expected to hear back from him with a personal letter. But that's exactly what arrived in her mailbox six weeks later.
Mr. Obama, in black sharpie writing, told her he would do everything in his power to keep Matthew safe and told her to pass his thanks on to her son.
Cindy still worries about her son. But she appreciates the president addressing her concerns, and says writing a letter to the most powerful man in the country was nothing. "If writing a letter was the only think I could do to make sure my son comes home to me safely, it's the least I can do."