A retired US Marine who lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan is lashing out against a story former Vice President Joe Biden told about a Marine with PTSD.
Johnny “Joey” Jones, a Marine veteran who was previously featured on Fox News for his story of surviving an attack in Afghanistan that cost him his mobility, felt that Biden’s recent speech in Florida painted veterans with PTSD in a bad light.
In Biden’s somewhat meandering speech, he described a veteran who had taken another person’s life.
“There was a Marine veteran that had been deployed a total of six times… Dodge Ram started down the street in front of his house. .. [He] saw a woman walking her dog, ran over her, killed her, killed the dog, put her in the back of his pickup truck… molested her … came home … and called the state police and said, ‘I just killed someone,’” Biden said in Tampa on Tuesday. “There was a voice in my head saying, ‘I have to kill someone.'”
Jones stated that the rather extreme instance only added to the maligned stereotype of the “dangerous veteran with PTSD.”
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard a presidential candidate say about men and women serving,” Jones said of Biden’s tale, adding that it “undid 10 years of work in the military nonprofit mental health community of actually removing a stigma.”
Jones also questioned whether or not the story was even “grounded in fact.”
“These men and women may lose their will to live, but they don’t lose their soul,” Jones went on to say. “They may hurt themselves, but they don’t go hurting others. It’s very rare, and for him [Biden] to tell that story just because he thought it had some shock value and somehow likened himself to this issue just shows how out of touch he is.”
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