PHOENIX - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking some heat for comments made during a town hall meeting with veterans. The event, hosted by Retired American Warriors PAC, included questions from the audience.
Marine Staff Sgt. Chad Robicharx asked Trump if he would advocate for religious programs as an option for helping military members suffering from PTSD or other health problems. Trump said he would support those types of programs.
“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 the folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it,” he said. “But a lot of people can’t handle it.”
The comments sparked some criticism on Twitter and generated a series of headlines that suggested Mr. Trump was implying that people suffering from PTSD are weak.
David Monroe served eight years in the Army. He suffers from PTSD.
“He (Trump) should think what we’ve been through and what we’ve seen before saying that,” said Monroe.
Dustin Abbas did three tours in Kuwait and Iraq. The Army soldier has been diagnosed with severe PTSD and has tried to commit suicide. He thinks Trump’s comments are not entirely wrong.
“No two people are the same -- some can take it and some can’t handle it,” said Abbas.
He believes Trump’s comments were taken out of context by some members of the media.
“Some can’t handle it, because we are not prepared,” said Abbas.
Staff Sgt. Robichaux didn’t take Trump’s comments as insulting or demeaning.
“I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda,” said Robichaux.