But, I digress. So, we know I don't like him. However, I believe his comments last week to veterans weren't what they seemed. I don't believe he meant that he looks down on people with PTSD (though, we can be confused after what we know of what he thinks of POWs). I believe "not being able to handle it" simply means they couldn't come back unscathed and living life as normal. HOWEVER, this shows a larger problem with Trump and with PTSD.
Trump said this, to a room of people who have PTSD, to whom his comments could certainly be taken the way many took them, that he means these people are not strong. He has no tact. He can't say things in a way that they need to be said. He can't help himself and he has no filter. That doesn't work well for regular people and it certainly can't work for a President. I cannot imagine this man comforting families of soldiers who lose their lives or to victims and survivors of mass tragedies. He has no compassion and he always says the wrong thing. Yes, that's refreshing sometimes but not constantly and not someone who has to run the most powerful country in the world.
So, it's not about being "strong" or handling it. They are all strong. They all handle it out there every single day. When they come home, they are still strong. Strength is admitting you need help. Strength is still getting out of bed in the morning after experiencing such horror. Strength is trying to continue living even when you don't know what you're living for. Strength isn't pretending the horror didn't happen. It's facing it, getting the help, and working on trying your best to get through the day.
God Bless all of the men and women who go through Hell for their country every day and live with PTSD. But, the good news is, if you face it, use many types of healing methods, they can live a normal life again. A new, altered life. But normal and happy. But first, we need to allow them admit to it and to get that help. That may start at home. With children, long before they even go into the service, with family members and friends who serve, with ourselves. It's okay to be a little broken. It's okay to rely on people and admit you're not okay. There's a fine line between being "soft" and just simply being open and honest about any difficulty you face in life. It's the first step to healing.