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Stigmatizing PTSD

Stigmatizing PTSD

To his credit, throughout much of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump has expressed concern about the treatment of returning U.S. combat veterans, their high suicide rate and the need to improve the performance of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But a remark the Republican nominee made early this week — whether intentional or simply inartful — was entirely counter-productive to that stated goal, perhaps disastrously so.

Speaking Monday to the Retired American Warriors political action committee in Virginia, Mr. Trump raised the issue of mental health problems among service members by describing how the horrors of combat affect people differently....