“He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK?”
— Donald Trump discussing John McCain.
Veteran’s Day is observed just three days after the election.
My grandfather died three years ago at the age of 98. He fought in the U.S. Army during World War II and received a Purple Heart for his efforts in making sure this country was safe for rich men like Trump’s father to keep on earning money. Though my grandpa never made a million, he ran a successful small business, was a well-respected member of his church and community, and managed to stay married to one woman for 66 years. And yet, because he was captured during the war and held as a POW, draft-dodger Trump has decided that my grandfather, and other veterans like him, were not heroes.
Grandpa was a lifelong Republican, but I know that if he were alive today, he would be deeply appalled by his party’s nominee. On Nov. 11, and on Nov. 8, remember our nation’s true heroes.