Veterans are furious with former Alaskan governor and 2008 vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin for turning her son’s supposed PTSD into a “political chew toy.”
Palin followed up her incoherent, slogan-riddled Trump endorsement in Iowa with a stump speech in Tulsa, Oklahoma; she spoke about the “elephant in the room,” her son Track’s recent arrest. Palin connected the arrest to Track's PTSD, which she tied to President Obama’s lack of “honor” and “respect” for our military.
In 2008, Track Palin served for a year in Iraq with the "Alaska-based 25th Infantry Division's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team."
Paul Rieckhoff, head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), voiced his dissatisfaction that Palin would “politicize” her son’s PTSD and suggested that she instead focus on real solutions, such as talking with Mr. Trump about the issue, according to NBC.
"It's not President Obama's fault that Sarah Palin's son has PTSD," said Rieckhoff. "PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular."
Rieckhoff added that "it's important to recognize that Track may need help like many veterans.”
"This is a great opportunity for Sarah Palin to sound the alarm about PTSD," he continued. "Now that she has endorsed Mr. Trump, I would encourage her to talk with him about it. Mr. Trump's campaign is pretty light on specifics about what he would do for veterans."
Trump has currently said that he "loves" our veterans and posted his plans for “Veterans Administration Reforms that will Make America Great Again” to his web page.
"I hope this doesn't become a political chew toy in a political campaign," Rieckhoff concluded after urging the former governor to "resist the urge to politicize" the disorder that so many vets struggle with everyday.
Per NBC, “Track Palin, 26, was arrested Monday in Wasilla, Alaska after he allegedly slugged his girlfriend in the face, kicked her in the knee, and threatened suicide with an AR-15 assault rifle. He was charged with interfering with the report of domestic violence, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and assault.”