Silver Star Families of America Joins Fight to Free Marine Jailed in Mexico

The Silver Star Families of America's Board of Directors votes to go all in, in the fight to get Marine veteran released.
Dec. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- 11 December, 2012


On Monday evening, the Board of Directors of the Silver Star Families of America, (SSFOA), unanimously passed a resolution calling for the release of Jon Hammar, a Marine veteran who has been jailed in a Mexican prison in Matamoros since August over a misunderstanding regarding the registration of a firearm.

Steve Newton, President and CEO of the SSFOA stated, “The mission of the SSFOA is to remember, honor and assist the wounded, ill and injured of our Armed Forces from all wars.  Hammar suffers from the invisible wound of PTS (D) and that makes him our business.  We do not and will not leave one of our own behind.”

The Board of the SSFOA also authorized the President to use “any and all legal means necessary, including the allocation of funds, to affect the release of Hammar.”

Newton continued by saying, “We have already contacted our embassy in Mexico City, although one of the three e mails was inactive.  They have not responded.  We attempted to contact the Mexican desk at the State Department in Washington but no one answered the phone.  It was our intention to make sure our efforts were not in conflict with any negotiations being carried on between our government and the Mexican government that might further complicate the matter.  But due to their non response and the request for public assistance from the family, we are going ahead with our efforts.”

“We will begin our efforts by trying to reach the newly elected President Enrigue Pena Nieto and by faxing letters to all the Mexican consulates in the United States.  We will also continue to attempt contact with State and the White House.  This issue with Hammar is not acceptable and every effort will be made to secure his release.”

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