Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Sitton was the picture of an American hero: the Army Ranger and expert sniper was serving his third deployment to the Middle East.
"He knew what things were supposed to be like," said Matthew's widow, Sarah Sitton.
The Largo native felt command orders were off during his final, and fatal, tour of Afghanistan. Unlike previous deployments, he said the mission no longer made sense. He sent his wife and U.S. Congressman Bill Young messages explaining his concern. Some of the messages even foreshadowed his own death.
Staff Sergeant Sitton never made it back to his wife and young son. He was killed in August, after stepping on an IED.
"Nothing was done about the letter until my husband was killed," Sarah Sitton said Tuesday.
As Sarah struggles as a single mom and a widow, new details are surfacing connecting four-star General John Allen to South Tampa socialite Jill Kelley.
FOX News is reporting a number of inappropriate e-mails (the exact number is in dispute) where traded between Kelley and General Allen. A military source told the Associated Press some of them where "flirtatious".
"My husband didn't have time to write me back like that. He was over there fighting. He didn't have time to write me back all the time," Sarah Sitton said.
A hearse carrying Matthew Sitton's casket passed by Jill Kelley's Bayshore Boulevard mansion during his Fallen Hero escort back in August.
While the content of the e-mails between Kelley and General Allen are still unknown, Sarah says she's sickened by the thought of any kind of distraction from the safety of her soldier and so many others.
"To most of the people up high, they're just numbers. To all of us down here at the infantry level, down at the enlisted level, they're each individual person. They're people, dying. Not just numbers," Sarah Sitton said.
U.S. Congressman Bill Young had Staff Sergeant Matthew Sitton's e-mail read aloud to lawmakers in Capitol Hill in September. The 81-year old Congressman, who's a long-time supporter of every U.S. war since Vietnam, changed his stance on U.S. efforts in Afghanistan after he read Sitton's letter.
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