Sarah Palin blamed Obama for her son’s PTSD. This vet was not having it.


This week, the Palin family rocketed back into headlines for a couple reasons.

On Jan. 19, 2016, Sarah Palin formally endorsed Donald Trump for chairperson . Considering as Trump’s the current GOP front-runner and Palin was once gunning for the vice presidency, the endorsement naturally constructed waves.

( post-traumatic stress disorder ), which played a role in her son’s actions.

The two narratives seemingly have nothing to do with one another. But in a speech on Wednesday, Palin used the spotlight from her Trump endorsement to not-so-subtly blame her son’s PTSD on Obama’s failure to provide adequate resources to returning men and women in uniform. She stated that veterans “have to question if they’re respected anymore” and they need a commander-in-chief “who will respect them and honor them.”

If you’re bothered by Palin’s assertion that the president is somehow personally responsible for her son’s wrongdoing, you’re not alone.

On Jan. 20, Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America( IAVA ), spoke out against Palin’s dangerous message to voters, loud and clear.

“It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD, ” Rieckhoff, who served as an Army first lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq, told NBC News. “PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health trauma, and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular.”

Rieckhoff whose organization is bipartisan called on Palin to “resist the advise to politicize” PTSD, and he promoted Trump to provide specific schemes on how he’d assistance veterinarians living with the condition.

PTSD amongst veterinarians is a serious issue that should be discussed by our leaders, but not in such a blatantly politicizing( and misinforming) way.

PTSD surfaces when an individual’s “fight-or-flight” response a healthy, instinctive reaction every human has in times of distress to protect us from hazard is damaged or changed, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The condition can develop after someone experiences something especially terrifying like abuse, rape, natural disaster, or war and some research indicates it can even be inherited.

PTSD may cause a person to relive upsetting memories, experience jumpiness, and have trouble sleeping, among other symptoms.

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