Gold Star Families

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Your DGB for today is to donate a couple bucks to one or both of these gold star-related charitable efforts: this scholarship fund for the children of Sgt. La David T. Johnson and/or AmericasGoldStarFamilies.org

Donald Trump is screwing up. One of the most important jobs he has as Commander-in-Chief is extending the condolences of a grateful nation to the family of service-members who are killed in action. For a man who ran on being such a friend to the military and recently has had so much to say on the topic of patriotism, his behavior is baffling. POTUS took twelve days to publically acknowledge the sacrifice of four soldiers who died in Niger. When he finally called the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, he made an agonizing moment worse. Failing to mention the Green Beret’s name even once, POTUS made strangely insensitive comments to Myeshia Johnson on her loss. She and the rest of the family were devastated.

This isn’t an isolated incident. Gold star widow Whitney Hunter recounted how, after her husband, Army Sgt. Jonathan Hunter, was killed this spring in Afghanistan, the White House reached out to let her know POTUS would be calling in person soon to offer his condolences. She waited, but he never did. Army Cpl. Dillon Baldridge’s father recalled that Trump did call him about the loss of his son, and after hearing of his financial straits, promised to write him a personal check. This generous offer was never fulfilled. We ask you - who DOES this to grieving family members, let alone the families of people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country??

Since the CIC can’t seem to do right by these folks, the American public will have to step in.