Erie veterans and military families react to Trump’s recent comments

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Laurie Vendetti of Erie lost her son Srg Donald Oaks in 2003. The 20 year old killed while serving in iraq. 
 
” Any Gold Star family that will exploit the situation for any political agenda or purpose is just totally wrong, it’s appalling,” said Vendetti when asked how she felt about the recent controversy involving the Khan’s and Trump.
 
She told JET 24 Action News that she believes the  Khan family should not use the death of their son as a way to endorse a politician. 
 
“I think they did their 5 minutes of fame on stage and I don’t think it was correct because I don’t think that Donald Trump had anything to do with their sons death, ” Vendetti said after explaining that she has never placed a blame on the death of her son. 
 
But, other groups and individuals disagreed with Trumps comments. 
 
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander-In-Chief Brian Duffy was outraged by Donald Trump’s recent comments regarding the Khan’s. 
 
“Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression,” Duffy stated. 
 
“Giving ones life to (one’s) nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard,” he added. 
 
JET  24 spoke with local veterans in support the VFW. 
 
” No matter what the political affiliation or the ideology, they should if somebody is willing to put their body on the line, they should be respected and  given the property respect,” said Marcus Reed who served in Marine Corps from 1996 to 2016. 

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