I try to keep the site apolitical, but when Trump said the following:
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 folks in this room have seen many times over and you’re strong and you can handle it but a lot of people can’t handle it. They see horror stories, they see events you couldn’t see in a movie, nobody would believe it …
It struck a nerve with me. During my time at the VA working with mental health patients I learned one thing, the number one hurdle for treating PTSD is getting away from the “too weak to handle the shell-shock” narrative. PTSD isn’t a matter of mental gymnastics, one cannot simply tough their way through it, and implying that some are strong enough to “handle it” also implies the opposite. I would hope that Trump would show us all he’s “strong enough” to apologize, but I won’t hold my breath.
I found Joe Biden’s response to an issue he takes very seriously, as I do, poignant. It’s worth a watch.