“Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Family members of twenty-three fallen service-members are writing to Donald J. Trump today, expressing their dismay at his treatment of the family of CPT. Humayun Khan, and demanding an apology. The letter was organized by Karen Meredith, a Gold Star mother who serves as Military Families Coordinator for VoteVets.org.
The letter is below:
August 1, 2016Donald J Trump725 Fifth AvenueNew York, NY 10022
We are all Gold Star Families, who have lost those we love the most in war. Ours is a sacrifice you will never know. Ours is a sacrifice we would never want you to know.
Your recent comments regarding the Khan family were repugnant, and personally offensive to us. When you question a mother's pain, by implying that her religion, not her grief, kept her from addressing an arena of people, you are attacking us. When you say your job building buildings is akin to our sacrifice, you are attacking our sacrifice.
You are not just attacking us, you are cheapening the sacrifice made by those we lost.
You are minimizing the risk our service members make for all of us.
This goes beyond politics. It is about a sense of decency. That kind decency you mock as "political correctness."
We feel we must speak out and demand you apologize to the Khans, to all Gold Star families, and to all Americans for your offensive, and frankly anti-American, comments.
We hope you will hear us.
Diane and Neil Santoriello, Mother and Father of 1LT Neil Santoriello, KIA, Iraq
Summer Lipford-Mickelson, Mother, Frederick Sirko, Father, Kirby Mickelson, Stepfather, Laura Sirko Samimy and Bridget Sirko Gentle, Sisters of PFC Steven Sirko, KIA, Iraq.
Sue and Randy Loudon, Mother and Father of 2ndLt. Christopher Loudon, KIA, Iraq
Melanie House, Widow of HM3 John Daniel House, KIA, Iraq
Derek and Lorene Davey, Mother and Father of Cpl. Seamus M. Davey, KIA, Iraq
Celeste Zappala, Mother of SGT. Sherwood Baker, KIA, Iraq
Sue Niederer, Mother of 2LT Seth Dvorin, KIA, Iraq
Fulvio and Gilda Carbonaro, Father and Mother of Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro, KIA, Iraq
Karen Meredith, Mother of 1LT Ken Ballard, KIA, Iraq
Sergio Torres, Father, Lupe Torres, Mother and Beatriz Saldivar, Aunt of SGT Daniel Torres, KIA, Iraq
MG (Ret.) Paul D. Eaton, and Frank Eaton, sons of Col. Norman Eaton, KIA, Vietnam
Stephanie Fisher, mother of SSG Thomas Fogarty, KIA Afghanistan
Norma and Oscar Aviles, parents of Lcpl. Andrew J. Aviles, KIA Iraq
Cheryl Lankford, widow of CSM Jonathan"Miles"Lankford Sr., KIAIraq
Carlos and Melida Arredondo Father & Step-Mother to Lcpl. Alexander Arredondo, KIA, Iraq
Florence Sandra Penn , sister of 1 LT Charles Penn Jr , KIA Korea
Nadia McCaffrey, mother of SGT Patrick McCaffrey, KIA IraqXiomara Mena, Mother of CPL Andy D Anderson KIA, IraqAnnette Pritchard, Aunt of PFC William Ramirez, KIA IraqPaula Davis, Mother of PFC Justin R. Davis , KIA AfghanistanNooshin Razani and Javad Razani, Sister and Father of SPC Omead Razani, IraqChristina and James Ayube, Mother and Father of Sgt James Anthony Ayube II, KIA AfghanistanKeavin Duffy, Brother of SGT Shane Duffy KIA IraqTracy Miller, Mother of Cpl. Nicholas Lee Ziolkowski, KIA , IraqPam Baragona, Sister and Dominic and Vilma Baragona, Parents of LTC. Dominic (Rocky) Baragona, IraqMarianne Cleary, Mother of 1Lt Michael Cleary, KIA, IraqFernando Suarez del Solar, Father of Lcpl Jesus Suarez del Solar, KIA IraqLauren and Scott Webber, Sister & Brother-in-law of LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez, KIA AfghanistanMichelle Githens Baugh, Daughter of SP4 Richard Earl Githens, KIA VietnamJoy Goode, Mother of Petty Officer Keon Askew, Died at SeaGreg Commons Father & Linda Chapman, Step-Mom of Cpl. Matthew Commons, KIA AfghanistanMelinda Kane, Mother of Lcpl Jeremy Kane, KIA AfghanistanLTC (R) Kimberly A. Enderle, Daughter of MAJ Clyde W Enderle, KIA VietnamJ. Stephania Ryan, Daughter SGT. Dwight M. "Bull" Durham, KIA Vietnam.Dan Shea and Tom & Colleen Shea brothers and sister in law of Lt Col Kevin Shea, KIA IraqDan Baum, Father of SSGT Tane Baum, KIA AfghanistanSusan Rilliet, Sister of MOH awardee, LCpl Jedh Colby Barker, KIA VietnamJim Barber, Brother of Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class Thomas Barber, KIA VietnamLes Hausrath, Brother of 2nd Lt Donald Hausrath, KIA VietnamJoan Donaldson, Mother of SGT Mateo Donaldson, AfghanistanJean Gill, Sister of Pfc Robert Earl Gill, KIA VietnamKeith LaRiviere, Brother of Steve LaRiviere, BeirutSusan Rilliet, Sister of LCpl Jedh Colby BarkerDolly Barker Lewis, Anne Barker Kist, Sisters and John W. Barker, Brother of LCpl Jedh Colby Barker, KIA Vietnam