- Trump's remark that some combat veterans "can't handle it" draws criticism
- Craig Bryan: Comments perpetuate myth that suicide is linked to combat, weakness; stigma makes some vets reluctant to get help
Craig Bryan is a board-certified clinical psychologist and Executive Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. He deployed to Iraq in 2009, and separated from military service soon after his return. He currently researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and is a national expert on military and veteran suicide. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)During a recent interview at the Retired American Warriors PAC, Donald Trump suggested that military personnel and veterans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide because they are not strong enough to "handle" the horrors of war.