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AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council Director Will Fischer wrote an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel denouncing Donald Trump's record on veterans:
Americans of every race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and political persuasion have fought for the betterment of our future in times of war and peace. It is without a doubt, though, that those who are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to preserve and protect our freedoms are universally respected, honored and cared for by our nation. Our military has been and continues to be the foundation that America builds upon.
Hillary Clinton and Russ Feingold understand this and have cared for our veterans to the best of their ability. Donald Trump, and the Republicans who continue to support him, do not and continue to speak with hyperbole and no action.
Last week, Trump doubled down on his attacks against the Khan family, Muslim-American Gold Star parents who lost their son in Iraq. What kind of person insults parents grieving over the loss of their child? What kind of person insults an American soldier who died protecting his troops? What kind of person doesn’t respect those who have kept him and his family safe for generations? Not a person who wants to be my president, that is for sure.
Trump is unfit to serve our highest office. I call on him to apologize to the Khan family and the military community as a whole, who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us can live easier lives.
As an Iraq war veteran, I know we cannot trust Trump to be our commander-in-chief. Trump's comments on the Khan family are only the latest in a series of his disrespectful rhetoric and record aimed at American veterans and military families, such as lying about donations to veterans' charities, comparing his sex life to combat in Vietnam, and making juvenile and inappropriate comments about the Purple Heart.