It may have taken a few months, but President Donald Trump kept his word and sent a $25,000 check to a Gold Star family he promised the money to after their son was killed in combat.
WTVD-TV in Raleigh reported that Chris and Jessie Baldridge of Zebulon, North Carolina, received the check from the president on Monday via FedEx from the president’s New York residence at Trump Tower.
It also came with a message from the president himself.
“I am glad my legal counsel has been able to finally approve this contribution to you,” Trump wrote. “Enclosed is a check for $25,000 — I hope this will make things a bit easier, but nothing will ever replace your son, Dillon. He was an American hero.”
“I’m still speechless,” Jessie Baldridge told WTVD.
According to Military Times, Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge, 22, was killed in Afghanistan in June. During his condolence call with the family, Trump promised to send them a $25,000 check out of his own account.
“We just thought he was saying something nice,” Jessie Baldridge told WTVD. “We got a condolence letter from him (a few weeks later) and there was no check, and we kind of joked about it. We didn’t take to social media and didn’t complain.”
“There is a substantial process that can involve multiple agencies anytime the president interacts with the public, especially when transmitting personal funds,” a White House official was quoted as saying.
“The check has been in the pipeline since the president’s initial call with the father. The president has personally followed up several times to ensure that the check was being sent. As stated earlier, the check has been sent.”
And so it was — dated Oct. 18, the same day The Washington Post’s story ran.
Regardless of the delay, the check is a nice gesture on behalf of the president to a grieving Gold Star family.
H/T U.K. Daily Mail