Someone needs to counteract the uninformed, mindless and just plain ignorant statement made off the cuff by candidate Donald Trump stating that people, especially veterans, who are suffering the effects of PTSD are weak.

I have been providing counseling and psychotherapy for over 40 years with veterans and civilians who have experienced trauma, in fact before the term “PTSD” existed, and I know that no such statement could be further from the truth. I hope that our veterans and others will not buy into such misguided rubbish.

In fact, the strongest people are very often the ones who have the courage to talk about their experiences because this helps to heal and resolve their trauma and PTSD. Facing it takes great strength, often more than burying it. The memory will come out one way or the other.

Trump should consider practicing that well-known Indian proverb, “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes,” otherwise you merely expel hot air and have no idea what you are talking about.

Keith Cook, Ed.D.



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