When the half-term Alaska governor, Sarah Palin (R) blamed President Obama for her drunken son’s attack on his girlfriend, I thought that she was over the edge, but what else is new? Now, if Track Palin, 26, has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), it originated with her mothering, not the military. Why? Palin’s woman-beating son may never have seen combat duty in Iraq.
Track is just an a**hole who still lives with mommy. He was busted on domestic abuse charges, when his girlfriend told police that he punched her in the eye, kicked her in the knee, and then held an AR-15 assault rifle near his head.
According to the police report, Track was:
‘Holding onto a gun, yelling ‘do you think I’m a pu**y?’ and ‘do you think I won’t do it.’
The unidentified woman said he “cocked the gun” and was holding it near his face. Police found the rifle was empty of ammunition.
Using PTSD as a pity card is so wrong. Domestic violence and PTSD are heavy-duty issues, and they deserve the respect Palin says Obama denied her son. Between 10 and 20 percent of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom vets have PTSD in a given year:
In her Tulsa, Oklahoma Trump rally last week, the reality star mom lied out of both sides of her mouth about her son’s lone year in Iraq:
‘My son, a combat veteran … was fighting for you all, America, in the war zone. My son, like so many others, came back a bit different, they come back hardened.’
‘So when my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with.’
Hold on, Mama Grizzly. People have been questioning Track’s service record ever since he returned from the military. A rumor that dogs him is the courts gave him the choice of the military or jail, after he allegedly cut the brakes on a school bus. Given the choice, he enlisted in 2007.
Track deployed with the Army’s Alaska-based 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, fittingly known as the “Arctic Wolves.”
Jason Kirell is one of the soldiers who served with Track. Here is how he responded to a question about whether or not he saw combat:
Yes, the military awarded Track a combat service medal for his Iraq tour, but a form is circulating on Twitter brings the merit of that medal into question:
Republicans George W. Bush and water-boarding Dick Cheney dragged us into Iraq, but in a near-unanimous vote, Republican senators rejected a $24 billion bill that would have expanded healthcare for veterans, including PTSD.
Then, they passed a bill slashing $16 billion in services to vets, even though the Congressional Budget Office estimated the cost of healthcare for returning vets at $35 billion, just through the year 2017.
Fine, here’s hoping PTSD strikes rigid each of you military service-avoiding politicians, horrific nightmares plague you, and you sweat through your sheets every night.
Track was charged with fourth-degree assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. All the charges are Class A misdemeanors.
So save it, Sarah. We’re onto your racket.
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