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Veterans group vows to get to the bottom of ‘autopen-gate’

Monday, September 3, 2012


A veterans group is vowing to get a handwriting expert to determine if the letters sent to parents of Navy SEALs killed in Afghanistan were signed by President Obama himself or an electronic autopen that can replicate his signature.

Karen and Billy Vaughn, whose son Aaron Vaughn was one of 17 SEALs and 13 other Americans killed in a helicopter crash Aug. 6, 2011, raised the issue at a Tea Party rally in Tampa during the Republican National Convention that they had received a form letter. Karen Vaughn said the letter, dated Sept. 23, 2011, was identical with those sent to other families of SEALs who died in the crash. It was later determined the signatures were mechanical.

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