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Two of my siblings, my dad, and three of my grandfathers served in the military. (I was adopted, so have more grandpas than most people.) My sister Bobbi just retired from service a couple of weeks ago.
All of them joined for different reasons, but all of them joined in part because they thought of it as public service, something that the president can't wrap his head around because the concept of sacrifice for others is completely alien to him.
(Also kind of thinking particularly of my grandfather Apolinar, the good looking guy on the left here, a decorated veteran and 1st gen Mexican-American who served in the 82nd Airborne. Stephen Miller would have probably tried to deport him.)
My younger brother Philip, a Navy veteran, died in 2015. He was 36. He received military funeral honors, which was deeply important to my parents and would have been important to him. Trump's utter callousness about this is enraging.
Also enraging: Trump's claim to have stopped endless war. We're entering our 20th year in Afghanistan and he tried very hard to drag us into war with Iran. If he'd actually done anything on that front, even I would have given him credit. Instead he's made things more dangerous.
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