Milwaukee Gold Star Mom: "I lost the future of my son"

Woman inspired to talk about losing son
Posted at 5:40 PM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 18:40:09-04

Parents of military members killed while serving their country are speaking out, inspired by Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Muslim couple who appeared onstage at the Democratic National Convention last week.

Milwaukee's Yvette Harris calls the flags planted in front of her house "flowers," because they're good for all seasons -- and never go out of style.

"As a Gold Star mom, it gives me pride that we are not forgotten," Harris tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "I lost a son. I lost the future of my son. "

Harris' son, Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, died in October 2015 in a plane crash in Afghanistan. The 21-year-old man graduated from Homestead High School in 2010.

"Most of the time whenever people talked about my son and his death, I never spoke," Harris said. "I couldn't speak. I was too emotional."

Harris says she's speaking now because she identifies with grieving families across the country, including the Khans.

The Khans criticized GOP candidate Donald Trump for what they say is his lack of sacrifice and understanding. Trump hit back saying he's being unfairly attacked.

For her part, Harris would not return fire, and maintained that Trump is not the story. She says the fallen heroes need voices and protection from the living.

"My son is gone. He died for you, me and everyone in this country to keep America free and great. There's no limit to how people can support us."