Gold Star Families Deserve a President Who Salutes Their Sacrifice Instead Of His Own Ego

Gold Star families deserve a president who salutes their sacrifice instead of his own ego


The sound is always the same. A small, hushed crowd gathers at a seldom-used area at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. A door on a small, chartered jet opens; a flag-draped casket emerges; and just for a moment, there is absolute, reverent silence.
That silence is then brutally broken by the piercing cries of family members who wail inconsolably at the first glimpse of their fallen hero’s body coming home. It is a sound of primal pain that is searing and unforgettable.
My staff and I have borne witness to this solemn ritual far too many times over the …

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