Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey apologized on Monday to Debbie Lee, following the Gold Star mom's complaint that Dempsey trivialized the Iraqi town where her son became the first Navy SEAL to die in the Iraq War.

Lee, whose son Marc was killed in Ramadi in 2006, wrote an open letter to Dempsey that said, "You, sir, owe an apology to the families whose loved ones' blood was shed in Ramadi. Ramadi matters to us and is very symbolic to us."

"You need to apologize to our troops whose bodies were blown to pieces from IEDs and bullet holes, leaving parts and pieces behind. Ramadi matters to them."

On "Hannity" tonight, Lee said that the Obama administration needs to show respect to those who have sacrificed for the U.S. with their actions, and not just pay lip service.

"Mark gave his very best on the battlefield, willingly stood up in the direct line of fire three times that day on purpose to defend our country and to defend his teammates and I’m so proud of him. And I’m so glad that if he had to give his life, it was under President Bush who was a real commander-in-chief," Lee said.

"But I have had young men, young women ask me my thoughts, parents ask me, 'My son, daughter is considering that.' And I’ve said the same thing: not under this man, who, his title is commander-in-chief, but [he] doesn’t act like one."

Watch more in the "Hannity" clip above.


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