Letter: Trump's ridicule of US war dead is an insult to all veterans

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To the editor:

Recently I read news reports of President Donald Trump's comments referring American soldiers who died in battle as "losers" and "suckers." It made me think of a lifelong friend. My friend served as a Green Beret in Vietnam taking part in highly dangerous combat. He returned to America alive but suffering from PTSD that he deals with to this day.

My friend is a veteran to be honored. He has always been a proud American and cares deeply about his country. My friend is the opposite of a "loser" or a "sucker." How could a president of the United States repeatedly ridicule veterans? Donald Trump called Vietnam "a stupid war" and "anybody who went was a sucker." John McCain, a pilot and tortured POW in Vietnam and later a U.S. senator was denigrated by Trump. Trump explained that "I like people who weren't captured." Trump, on a visit to the grave of Gen. John Kelly's Marine son, said to the grieving father, "I don't get it. What was in it for them?"

Anyone who doesn't "get it" and ridicules veterans who put their lives on the line for America has not earned the honor of being president of the United States.

Myles Whitney,

North Adams

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