Monday, May 30, 2005
You should react better to sunlight, Ms. Herd. You can change the rule because it's your group.
Everyone agrees that Ligaya Lagman of Westchester, N.Y., is a Gold Star mother, part of the long line of women whose sons or daughters were killed in combat for the U.S. armed services.
Her 27-year-old son, Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman, was killed last year in Afghanistan.
But the American Gold Star Mothers have rejected her for membership because -- though a permanent resident and a taxpayer -- she is not a U.S. citizen.
The group's national president, Ann Herd, said: "There's nothing we can do, because that's what our organization says. You have to be an American citizen." She added: "We can't go changing the rules every time the wind blows."
Mrs. Lagman, meanwhile, has decided not to pursue membership further.
(H/T: Burt Dubow.)