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Mom of dead vet who had PTSD has message for Donald Trump

The mother of a dead veteran who had PTSD says Trump's comments show he's clueless.

The mother of a dead veteran who had PTSD says Trump’s comments show he’s clueless.

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SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:57 PM

My son Daniel Keegan was a veteran of the 82nd Airborne who deployed to Afghanistan twice.

Not only did he serve honorably for nearly eight years, he also was the 2009 Soldier of the Year for the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, and served as an Intelligence Analyst for the 7th SFG.

He died this January after dealing with PTSD and waiting for help from Veterans Affairs for more than a year.

He left behind heartbroken parents, brothers, and a large extended family who will forever grieve his loss.

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The grace and courage that he showed in his service and after returning home while fighting the demons of war should not be belittled by those who do not understand.

Rather, as a country fortunate enough to have people who give themselves in service, the conversation should only be about gratitude and assistance.

The VA is desperately in need of reorganization and improved funding to help all those who have served. To include in that conversation any disrespect for the best of our citizens is unacceptable.

Daniel Keegan died in January after dealing with PTSD. 

Daniel Keegan died in January after dealing with PTSD. 

Stephanie Keegan and her son, Daniel Keegan.

Stephanie Keegan and her son, Daniel Keegan.

When you have a voice that is heard by just about everyone it should be used productively and with compassion.

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For Donald Trump to say that PTSD is an indication of weakness is absurd and ignorant.

I would love to meet him and show him the face of a brave and beautiful young man who died way too soon because he tried to make the world a better place.

What, I ask, has Donald Trump ever done to make the world a better place?

Stephanie Keegan lives in Somers, N.Y.

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