Trump draws fire for PTSD comments

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a Retired American Warriors event in Herndon, Va., Oct. 3, 2016.  Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a Retired American Warriors event in Herndon, Va., Oct. 3, 2016. Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

Trump draws fire for PTSD comments

by: Alex Horton | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: October 04, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Monday told an audience of veterans that “a lot of people can’t handle” post-traumatic stress, igniting controversy on the sticking points of discussing mental health among troops and veterans.

“People come back from war and combat, and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over,” Trump said during a question-and-answer session with Retired American Warriors, a political action committee, in Herndon, Va.

“And you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it,” he said.

The remarks touched off charged discussion among veterans and veterans’ advocates taking two different positions: Trump appearing to characterize veterans with PTSD as weak on one hand, and Trump indelicately describing the complexities of trauma that could lead to avoidance of help on the other.

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