Appeal From A Marine's Mother

Sergeant Jared R. Hale, data networking chief, communications platoon, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, sets up the Support Wide Area Network version I during a field operation hosted by the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit at Reconnaissance, Selection and Occupation of Position 95, Sept. 28. 2011,
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Robbart III) 


    As Mothers, we want to believe the best about our children. I am no different. I believe in Jared’s innocence in the charges he is facing. I believe that he had the best interest of his “Brothers” in mind when he set out to drive them back to base. I do not believe he was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Those are my beliefs. Based on those beliefs, I make a heartfelt plea to those of you visiting this website, to please donate money to help defend Jared.

    What happened on February 14, 2012, was a terrible accident. It was raining very hard that night and into the early morning hours. My son was the “designated driver” and his passengers were not only his Brother Marines but were also his subordinates in the Communications Platoon of 3rd Battalion 5th Marines. Among the numerous eyewitnesses who were with my son in the hours leading up to the accident and are emphatic that he was not intoxicated is the bartender who remembers that my son was the “designated driver” and was served soft drinks, not alcohol.

    It is hard for me to ask for money. I have spent my life working hard and trying to make it on my own. Several years ago, I set off in pursuit of my nursing degree full time, while working part time, money has been tight. Now, I have put everything on hold to be by my son in the aftermath of this tragic accident. I did not have money saved, and now I have to appeal to you for help. I appeal to you because I know my son, and I listen to him tell me that he must live for all the boys in that car, that his life has to account for something, and he has to do more, be more, because he lives no longer for himself, but for three others who cannot be here.

    Jared’s injuries are not often survived, but he is here. I have no idea why Jared survived the accident, and those beautiful, wonderful young men with him did not. I thank God every day that I still have him, and I question God every day why three other mothers do not have their sons. And in all of that reverence, pain, joy, questioning, suffering, thankfulness, sadness, elation, and grief, in those myriads of emotions, I know that it must be that something is planned that only Jared can do, only he can carry out. With that said I ask you to help me. Please donate what you can to help with Jared’s legal defense.

    God has given Jared the privilege of living. He wants to continue what he and his brothers started by joining the Marine Corps, to serve others, to help others and lead an exemplary life. Please help us make it possible for Jared to continue the legacy these young men started by donating to his legal defense fund. Any assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated.