World War I is remembered daily in our kitchen. We use the World War I mess fork from the Army kit of my wife’s grandfather, Republican U.S. Congressman Charles Hoeven of Alton. Grandpa Hoeven represented northwest Iowa from 1942-64 and served in World War I as did Presidents Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower. In battle, he inhaled mustard gas and lost the use of one lung,

My father-in-law, Stanley J. Marshall, served in World War II and the Korean War. He narrowly missed death in a shipboard fire in the Sea of Japan in 1952. He lost eight shipmates. A commander in the Naval Reserve, he was an Iowa campaign official for the 2008 presidential run of fellow veteran Sen. John McCain.

My great-uncle, Frank Nowak, served in World War I. My father, George Zimdars, a Democrat, served in World War II in London during the Blitz and in Paris after the liberation.

In 2018, a ceremony in France at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery memorialized the centennial of the end of World War I. The heads of state of France, Germany and Canada attended, honoring American soldiers buried there. Donald Trump skipped the event.

No president other than Trump has ever consistently insulted veterans and military families across the generations dead and alive. Can military family members vote for Trump and his supporters with a clear conscience? Inhale deeply, remember Congressman Hoeven’s lung, and then cast your vote.

Richard Zimdars,

Athens, GA