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Gold Star families came away impressed after meeting with Donald Trump in Jax



Howard Altman reports:

Tuesday night, Craig Gross received an offer he could not refuse from one of the few men in America who understands the pain he feels.

"Do you want to meet Donald Trump?" Kris Hager asked Gross, a fellow Gold Star father.

So Gross had to decide: Go to work as scheduled, at Frankie's Patriot BBQ, the Tarpon Springs restaurant he owns and has dedicated to the son he lost during the war in Afghanistan, or make the long drive from his home in Oldsmar to Jacksonville with Hager and his wife Wendy, who lost his son to combat in Iraq.

"It was an easy choice," said Gross. "I suffer from FOMO — Fear of Missing Out."

At a time when Trump was embroiled in a feud with another Gold Star father, who took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to criticize his plan for cracking down on Muslim immigration, Gross and Hager made the 200 mile trip to see the Republican presidential nominee at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.

The two men were wary at first, wondering whether they had been summoned merely to help calm the political waters for Trump. They left surprised that their meeting was held in private and impressed at the nominee's sincerity.

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[Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2016 9:52am]


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