‘Can’t handle it’: Trump in hot seat over comments about veterans with PTSD

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HERNDON, Vir. — Donald Trump’s comments about PTSD has some folks P-O’ed.

While talking to a group of veterans, the Republican Presidential nominee said this, "When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat, and they see things that maybe a lot of folks 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."

Offensive? Some say yes, others say no.

Democrats say Trump was reinforcing the stigma that vets who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress are weak.

Republicans say all the fuss is a media creation to sway voters.

No surprise, Vice President Joe Biden was critical of Trumps comments saying, “He points out to the veterans of the room and says, you’re strong, you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t. Where in the hell is he from? As a veteran can tell you. Over 200,000 coming home with unseen wounds. I don’t think he was trying to be mean. He’s just so thoroughly, completely uninformed.”

Whether or not you thought the comments were out of line, one thing not up for debate, Post-Traumatic Stress is a serious illness affecting many veterans. "There are several stigmas attached to PTSD. I think one of them is the misconception that it's a permanent disability, and that once a person has PTSD they'll always have PTSD. That's not what we find to be the case. There are a lot of really effective treatments available" explains Carine Meyer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and part of PTSD Clinical Team at the VA in Houston.

"It takes a lot of strength to be able to acknowledge to someone that you have an illness, and that you need help. they have more courage in one of their pinkies than most people have in their entire body” says veteran, John Tran.

For the record, the vet who asked Trump the question in a written statement said in part, “I think it's sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump's comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda. I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding."

"I understand what he was trying to say and yes I am offended. It's not something that we ask for" says Delores Cuffee, also a vet.

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