Trump Suggests Vets Who Need Mental Health Services Aren’t ‘Strong’ (VIDEO)

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Donald Trump called for robust mental health services for veterans in a Monday speech, even as he suggested that victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and combat-related suicide aren’t as “strong” as their comrades.

“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 in an address to the Retired American Warriors in Herndon, Virginia. “And you’re strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can’t handle it.”

He went on to call for stronger mental health initiatives for veterans, promising a “very, very robust level of performance having to do with mental health.”

Trump’s comments come amid an effort to destigmatize mental health issues in the military.

“There’s nothing weak about asking for help,” President Barack Obama said during a CNN presidential town hall last week.

Paul Rieckhoff, the founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, took to Twitter on Monday to respond to Trump’s comments.

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