Oliver Willis

Donald Trump On Veterans And PTSD, Explained

Video of Donald Trump’s comments on veterans and PTSD

At an event on October 3, 2016 organized by Retired American Warriors Pac, Trump attacked military combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disease (PTSD). He said some soldiers suffering from PTSD are not “strong” and “can’t handle it.”

Trump’s full comment on veterans with PTSD: “When people come back from war and combat and they see maybe what the people in this room have seen many times over, and you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.”

Trump received four draft deferments, allowing him to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.

Coverage of Trump’s Attack on Veterans With PTSD

Buzzfeed: Trump Suggests That Soldiers Who Suffer From PTSD Aren’t “Strong”

Slate: Trump: Veterans Who Die by Suicide Aren’t “Strong,” “Can’t Handle It”

Politico: Trump appears to suggest veterans with PTSD are not ‘strong’

CNN: Trump: Military suicides happen to servicemembers who ‘can’t handle it’

Right Wing Watch: Trump: Veterans Who Are ‘Strong’ And ‘Can Handle It’ Don’t Need Mental Health Treatment