Marine veteran shreds dishonest media for twisting Trump’s statement on PTSD

Trump-supporters PTSDOn Monday, the Washington Times reported that Chad Robichaux, a Marine veteran who also happens to be the president and founder of Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs, shredded the dishonest “mainstream media” for twisting GOP nominee Donald’s Trump’s statement on veterans with PTSD.

According to the Times, Robichaux asked Trump if he would advocate for religious programs as an optional part of helping military members suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other health problems.

Trump said he would support those kinds of programs.

The Times added:

“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.

At a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida, Vice President Joseph R. Biden grew animated as he read aloud to the audience the comments by Mr. Trump, calling the Republican “uninformed.”

Naturally, the Democrat-media complex twisted Trump’s words, making it appear that he believes veterans with PTSD are “weak.”  Vice President Joe Biden called Trump “uninformed,” and others called his statement “insulting.”

But, the Times said, “Staff Sgt. Robichaux didn’t take Mr. Trump’s remarks as insulting — quite the contrary.”

According to the Times:

“I think it’s sickening that anyone would twist Mr. Trump’s comments to me in order to pursue a political agenda,” the staff sergeant said. “I took his comments to be thoughtful and understanding of the struggles many veterans have, and I believe he is committed to helping them.”

Mr. Robichaux said Mr. Trump’s comments at the forum were taken out of context.

“I interpreted his answer to affirm that the system is broken and he would take the necessary steps to address it,” Mr. Robichaux said.

“After eight combat tours in Afghanistan I came home and was diagnosed with PTSD, and I struggled with it,” he said. “Since my own recovery I’ve been privileged to help 1,100 veterans who have graduated from our program; none of whom have committed suicide since graduating. It’s a very important issue to me, which is why I was thankful for the opportunity to ask Mr. Trump about it directly.”

In fact, the Hill said that Trump’s remarks were warmly received by the veterans in attendance and noted that many of the news write-ups did not include Trump’s full quote.

“When you hear the 22 suicides a day, that should never be,” Trump said. “We’re going to be addressing that strongly and the whole mental health issue is going to be a very important issue when I take over. The VA is going to be fixed in so many ways, but that’s going to be one of the ways we’re going to help. In many respects, that’s going to have to be the number one thing we do, because it has been left behind.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn summed it all up perfectly:  “The media continues to operate as the propaganda arm of Hillary Clinton as they took Mr. Trump’s words out of context in order to deceive voters and veterans — an appalling act that shows they are willing to go to any length to carry water for their candidate of choice.”


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