“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened, they come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to the country. And that starts from the top, and it’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder if they have to question if they’re respected anymore. It starts from the top. The question, though, that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder, ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?’ “
PTSD is a serious condition, and scoring a cheap shot at the president at her son’s expense is inexcusable and an insult not just to him, but to everyone who suffers from it (not all of whom have seen combat in the traditional sense). But it is a slap to the veterans who indeed do return home changed. PTSD is a clinical determination, and I have no idea if Palin suffers from it or not, and if he does suffer from it, I have no idea if he developed it during his tour in Iraq or just growing up in THAT household.
Trick/Trap/Trunk/Spatula was notoriously the most drunken and belligerent of the Palins during the famous #PalinBrawl (the Bristolnacht), and he ended up as the most injured party. He has a long history of violent behavior that precedes his tour in Iraq.