Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump on Monday told the Retired American Warriors PAC that soldiers who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and die by suicide do so because they “can’t handle” the horrors of war. The Trump campaign says the comments were taken out of context and that Trump was highlighting challenges veterans face. But research shows that more than 80 percent of service members who die by suicide have never been in combat, says University of Utah Professor Craig Bryan, director of the National Center for Veterans Studies (based at the U). Bryan is a national expert on military and veteran suicide and is available to address Trump’s comments and the issue of suicide by military veterans.
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