VoteVets releases Gold Star Family Members letter to Trump, demand apology for all Gold Star Families

“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

The letter is below: 

August 1, 2016
Donald J Trump
725 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

Mr. Trump, 

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 Iraq

Xiomara Mena, Mother of CPL Andy D Anderson KIA, Iraq

Annette Pritchard, Aunt of PFC William Ramirez, KIA Iraq

Paula Davis, Mother of PFC Justin R. Davis , KIA Afghanistan

Nooshin Razani and Javad Razani, Sister and Father of SPC Omead Razani, Iraq
Christina and James Ayube, Mother and Father of Sgt James Anthony Ayube II, KIA Afghanistan

Keavin Duffy, Brother of SGT Shane Duffy KIA Iraq

Tracy Miller, Mother of Cpl. Nicholas Lee Ziolkowski, KIA , Iraq

Pam Baragona, Sister and Dominic and Vilma Baragona, Parents of LTC. Dominic (Rocky) Baragona, Iraq

Marianne Cleary, Mother of 1Lt Michael Cleary, KIA, Iraq

Fernando Suarez del Solar, Father of Lcpl Jesus Suarez del Solar, KIA Iraq

Lauren and Scott Webber, Sister & Brother-in-law of LCpl Matthew R. Rodriguez, KIA Afghanistan

Michelle Githens Baugh, Daughter of SP4 Richard Earl Githens, KIA Vietnam

Joy Goode, Mother of Petty Officer Keon Askew, Died at Sea
Greg Commons Father & Linda Chapman, Step-Mom of  Cpl. Matthew Commons, KIA Afghanistan
Melinda Kane, Mother of Lcpl Jeremy Kane, KIA Afghanistan
LTC (R) Kimberly A. Enderle, Daughter of MAJ Clyde W Enderle, KIA  Vietnam
J. 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 Iraq
Dan Baum, Father of SSGT Tane Baum, KIA Afghanistan
Susan Rilliet, Sister of MOH awardee, LCpl Jedh Colby Barker, KIA Vietnam
Jim Barber, Brother of Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class Thomas Barber, KIA Vietnam
Les Hausrath, Brother of 2nd Lt Donald Hausrath, KIA Vietnam
Joan Donaldson, Mother of SGT Mateo Donaldson, Afghanistan
Jean Gill, Sister of Pfc Robert Earl Gill, KIA Vietnam
Keith LaRiviere, Brother of Steve LaRiviere, Beirut
Susan Rilliet, Sister of LCpl Jedh Colby Barker
Dolly Barker Lewis, Anne Barker Kist, Sisters and John W. Barker, Brother of LCpl Jedh Colby Barker, KIA Vietnam




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