With seconds to react, Lt. Lorance used his common sense. He authorized his American marksmen to make precision shots and route these ostensible Taliban spotters instead of relying on his Afghan soldiers, who had less training and a reputation for being trigger-happy. Lt. Lorance did the right thing; he eliminated what his intelligence told him were Taliban and also eliminated the loss of additional innocent lives that could have been lost had he authorized his Afghan soldiers to lead. He made the best call he could, with seconds to react and under immense pressure. Nevertheless, after 10 years of serving honorably in the Army with a perfect record, he was dismissed for using street smarts instead abiding by silly rules of engagement that could have jeopardized innocent Americans and Afghans.
Lt. Lorance is now sitting in confinement, awaiting a clemency hearing, and he wrote this letter to his supporters on September 1, 2013:
My fellow Patriots:
The past year has been a turbulent time for myself and all of you great American Patriots. I’ve been through many challenges in my life, and I’m thankful for who they’ve turned me into. The current challenge for me is enduring the banter, shrewdness and internal politics inherent to a prison population. It is arguably the most difficult obstacle that I’ve faced in my life, however, knowing I’m not alone in this arduous journey makes the road a little smoother. I’m standing strong on the “inside” as I’m confident you’re standing strong on the “outside.” You have my most sincere thanks and respect for taking a stand against injustice. You are true-blue Americans. NEVER GIVE UP – NEVER GIVE IN.
Sincerely and respectfully,
The last line in the letter, “Never Give Up, Never Give In,” is Lt. Lorance’s motto in life. He is an amazing man who devoted his life to caring for others. Instead of judging him, we need to hear his side of the story. As his mother says, “He has written a story himself” through his exemplary character and actions.
I will keep you posted on developments regarding Lt. Lorance’s case. In the meantime, we all need to stand by this heroic man who faces injustice because the Obama administration apparently chose to appease the Afghan government instead of supporting our American troops. Please visit the website his family set up, DefendVeteranLorance.com, to find links to his Facebook and donation pages. His family needs to raise funds for his legal defense. There is also a non-profit organization set up for Lt. Lorance through CHASE Bank and anyone in the world can walk into their CHASE Bank branch and make a tax-deductable donation to “Defend Veteran Lorance.” Moreover, he and his family need prayers to stay strong and upbeat as they face the hurdle of their lives. It’s up to us to remind our Commander-in-Chief: No man left behind.