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Trump Says California Shooting Highlights Need To Treat Veterans With PTSD
President Donald Trump has linked the recent mass shooting in California with the need to treat combat veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress.
Ex-Marine Ian David Long has reportedly been identified as the gunman who is responsible for the deaths of 12 people in Thousand Oaks California, including Marine veteran Dan Manrique and Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos. (Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has effectively excommunicated Long from the Corps by publicly referring to him as an “ex-Marine.”)
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump called Long a “very, very mentally ill person,” who had mental health issues stemming from his combat deployment to Afghanistan, underscoring the need to provide funding to treat veterans in need.
“He was a Marine; he was in the war,” Trump said. “He served time. He saw some pretty bad things. A lot of people say he had the PTSD. And that's a tough deal. As you know, I've given tremendous funding to the vets for the PTSD and for general health for PTSD. It's a big problem.
“People come back. That's why it's a horrible thing. They come back, and they're never the same.”
Some veterans advocates took issue with Trump's remarks. Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, said that Trump’s remarks portray veterans dealing with mental health issues in a false light.
“Comments like this one from our commander in chief are extremely unhelpful,” Reickhoff told Task & Purpose on Friday. “They perpetuate a false and damaging narrative that veterans are broken and dangerous. Most people who suffer from PTSD, when able to access effective treatment, are able to live healthy, happy, meaningful lives."
“Despite the challenges, and despite the still severely limited resources, post-9/11 veterans soaring as a population thanks to our core resilience and commitment of men and women who self-select to service."
IAVA has its own rapid response referral program to connect veterans with the resources they need, Reickhoff said.
“When veterans with mental health injuries do hurt someone, it's most likely themselves, not someone else," he told Task & Purpose. "We lose 20 veterans and service members to suicide every single day. Which again highlights the critical importance of seamless access to quality and effective care, whether through the Department of Veterans Affairs or elsewhere.”
White House spokespeople did not respond to a request from Task & Purpose to clarify the president’s remarks.
Just before 8 a.m. on a Sunday morning 78 years ago, Lauren Bruner was preparing for church services and a date that would follow with a girl he'd met outside his Navy base.
The 21-year-old sailor was stationed as a fire controlman aboard the U.S. battleship USS Arizona, overseeing the vessel's .50-caliber guns.
Then alarms rang out. A Japanese plane had bombed the ship in a surprise attack.
It took only nine minutes for the Arizona to sink after the first bomb hit. Bruner was struck by gunfire while trying to flee the inferno that consumed the ship, the second-to-last man to escape the explosion that killed 1,177, including his best friend; 335 survived.
More than 70% of Bruner's body was burned. He was hospitalized for weeks.
Now, nearly eight decades after that fateful day, Bruner's ashes will be delivered to the sea that cradled his fallen comrades, stored in an urn inside the battleship's wreckage.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider.
Joshua Kaleb Watson has been identified as one of the victims of a shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, CBS News reported.
The 23-year-old Alabama native and Naval Academy graduate was named to the Academy's prestigious Commandant's and Dean's lists, and also competed on the rifle team, Alabama's WTVY reported.
NAS Pensacola shooter railed against the US and quoted Osama bin Laden online hours before the attack
PENSACOLA, Fla. (Reuters) - The Saudi airman accused of killing three people at a U.S. Navy base in Florida appeared to have posted criticism of U.S. wars and quoted slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on social media hours before the shooting spree, according to a group that monitors online extremism.
Federal investigators have not disclosed any motive behind the attack, which unfolded at dawn on Friday when the Saudi national is said to have began firing a handgun inside a classroom at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.
NAS Pensacola shooter reportedly hosted a 'dinner party' to watch mass shooting videos the week before the attack
The Saudi military officer who shot and killed 3 people at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday reportedly hosted a "dinner party" the week before the attack "to watch videos of mass shootings," the Associated Press reports, citing an unnamed U.S. official.
The Minnesota National Guard has released the names of the three soldiers killed in Thursday's helicopter crash.