(UnitedVoice.com) — During a press conference this week with fellow Democrats about a potential war with Iran, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) made a statement that upset at least one war veteran.
Omar said, “And I think every time I hear about … I hear of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD. And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”
Rep. Jim Banks took to Twitter after the press conference to share his disgust about Omar’s comments, saying, “Rep. Ilhan Omar complained she’s “stricken with PTSD” because of recent events in the Middle East. This is a disgrace and offensive to our nation’s veterans who really do have PTSD after putting their life on the line to keep America safe.”
I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder—much like many who have served or lived through war.
It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors. pic.twitter.com/QdDBKDSOCS
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 8, 2020
The democratic rep responded back, talking about how she “survived war as a child.”
PTSD can be caused by traumatic events experienced at any age. It is a devastating disorder that requires professional intervention. If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD, please contact a mental health care professional.
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