Paulo Augusto -
Karen Meredith, who lost her son in Iraq and now serves as the Military Families Coordinator at VoteVets, wrote to Donald Trump expressing her dismay with his treatment of Captain Humayun Khan's family.
She was joined by the family members of sixteen fallen service-members who signed the letter, as well. We hope that you will read the letter below and add your name to theirs demanding Donald Trump apologize to the Khan family for his offensive and anti-American comments.
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.Sincerely,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, IraqMelanie House, Widow of HM3 John Daniel House, KIA, IraqDerek and Lorene Davey, Mother and Father of Cpl. Seamus M. Davey, KIA, IraqCeleste Zappala, Mother of SGT. Sherwood Baker, KIA, IraqSue Niederer, Mother of 2LT Seth Dvorin, KIA, IraqFulvio and Gilda Carbonaro, Father and Mother of Sgt. Alessandro Carbonaro, KIA, IraqKaren Meredith, Mother of 1LT Ken Ballard, KIA, IraqSergio Torres, Father, Lupe Torres, Mother and Beatriz Saldivar, Aunt of SGT Daniel Torres, KIA, IraqMG (Ret.) Paul D. Eaton, and Frank Eaton, sons of Col. Norman Eaton, KIA, VietnamStephanie Fisher, mother of SSG Thomas Fogarty, KIA AfghanistanNorma and Oscar Aviles, parents of Lcpl. Andrew J. Aviles, KIA IraqCheryl Lankford, widow of CSM Jonathan"Miles"Lankford Sr., KIA IraqCarlos and Melida Arredondo Father & Step-Mother to Lcpl. Alexander Arredondo, KIA, IraqFlorence Sandra Penn , sister of 1 LT Charles Penn Jr , KIA KoreaNadia McCaffrey, mother of SGT Patrick McCaffrey, KIA Iraq
Thank you for taking the time to read the letter. Before you go, add your name to these seventeen Gold Star families calling on Donald Trump to apologize to the Khan family.
All our best,
The team at VoteVets