Early last year, he was another Gold Star father grieving the loss of his American son to the war in Iraq. Today, he himself is a star.
"My name is Khizr Khan. I am patriotic, American Muslim," he said to thundering applause Saturday night at a fundraiser for the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
Khan and his wife, Ghazala, became an enduring image of the 2016 presidential race after a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention. The Virginia couple's son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, died in Iraq in 2004 while protecting his troops from a car bomb.