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Dear Mr. President, please help my father

Ashley DeLeon and her father. (Source: Ashley DeLeon) Ashley DeLeon and her father. (Source: Ashley DeLeon)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

When was the last time you sent a letter? Not an email or Facebook message, but actually sat down with pen and paper and wrote to somebody?

It's a dying art that wasn't lost on UNCW student Ashley DeLeon, who on Christmas Eve 2014 decided a letter was her only option to save her father.

That day was Rosendo DeLeon's breaking point. After serving 22 years in the Marine Corps and seven deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Ashley says her father was suffering from severe PTSD. She walked downstairs to find him pacing in their living room with a shotgun.

Rosendo started to shoot.

“They took him to the hospital for an evaluation and they released him that day," she said. "He had given so much to his country and he was being rejected of the help that he needed.”

So, Ashley wrote to the only person she thought could help her - the President.

Hear all of Ashley's story Monday, March 20 on WECT News at 6.

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