WASHINGTON, D.C. -(ENEWSPF)–October 3, 2016 – Today, in a discussion on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Veteran suicides, Donald Trump apparently suggested some veterans who return home after combat “can’t handle it.”
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“When our veterans return home after their service ends, making what can be for some the incredibly challenging transition from combat and deployment to the civilian world, they display unfathomable amounts of strength from the moment they get home. At the Sierra Club, we know because we see this every day. That’s because we are deeply proud to support programs in which veterans help other veterans embrace the healing power of the outdoors to find their own pathways in the transition home. It takes a level of courage unimaginable to most just to take the first step on that pathway, yet we have seen countless veterans engage in the outdoors and find the will to go far beyond that to support their families and make incredible contributions to our nation out of uniform. Since the founding of the Sierra Club, thousands upon thousands of veterans have helped lead the work to protect and conserve our public lands because they know the healing power of nature first hand — and they know protecting it is an act of patriotism. If Donald Trump spent one day with these men and women, maybe he’d change his tune, because they embody a level of strength that we aren’t just proud of, but that we’re inspired by.”
About the Sierra Club
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