I was born a few months after the end of World War II, and I’m a veteran. I was watching when Donald Trump was talking to a group of veterans. I heard him say that (paraphrasing) our soldiers see things when in battle that you wouldn't see in a horror show, and that it’s such a mental shock to some people that they can’t handle it.
Three times as many veterans of recent wars in the Middle East have committed suicide than were killed in combat. To me, his statement was nothing more than a simple statement of fact. I doubt there were many in his audience who reacted any differently than I did.
I’m amazed at how many people took offense to that statement. How did we get to the point where we can so easily reject the truth if it offends, or has the potential to offend someone? How did we get to a point where we are so easily offended? I want the truth raw and unedited, and to the extent I can’t find it I live in a fantasy.
Lee Allen, Warden