Letter: Trump's words can wound veterans


To the editor:

"He's not a war hero," said Donald Trump. "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

These words come from the commander and chief of the United States Armed Forces, a man who received five deferments from the military. A person that accepted a Purple Heart from a military recipient: "And I said, 'Man, that's like big stuff. I always wanted to get the Purple Heart,'" Trump said. "This was much easier."

The Trumpeteers will follow the actions of their ideal to what point? At what point is taking a knee disrespectful but belittling our POWs and military personal is acceptable?

I have a friend who served time in the Hanoi Hotel or Hell Hole, North Vietnam Prison, and received the Purple Heart the hard way. I know he is only one veteran among many who has been mentally stressed by the actions and verbal insults of the president relating to his time spent in the North Vietnam prison as well as his Purple Heart.

So, remember that old saying when we were growing up, sticks and stones, etc. Words can't hurt me. Give some thought to our POWs and what they went through and the lack of respect given by the commander in chief by his "words."

Tony Huppert

Spring Valley, Wis.