The Value of Gold Star Service

You have sacrificed nothing and no one

-Khizr Khan, a father of a soldier kill in Iraq, July 28, 2016

I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard.

-Donald Trump, Republican Candidate for the President of the United States and the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armed Forces, July 30, 2016

In that exchange, we see Donald Trump equate the life of a soldier to self-serving effort. We see the loss felt by a family due to a member being killed in action made equivalent to some late nights at the office. We see a father’s grief made equal to maybe missing a round of golf.