Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Oct. 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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By Melissa Chan
October 4, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden defended veterans during an impassioned speech Monday after Donald Trump’s comments about soldiers who suffer from PTSD.

The Republican presidential nominee was addressing PTSD and suicides among those returning home from war before a veterans group in Virginia when he said those in the room were “strong” and could “handle” the horrors of war. However, “a lot of people can’t handle it,” Trump added. Many took his phrasing to mean soldiers who can’t handle PTSD are weak.

Biden, who said he has been “in and out” of Afghanistan and Iraq more than 29 times, said Trump was not intentionally trying to offend but that the real estate mogul “doesn’t get it,” according to The Hill.

“I don’t think he was trying to be mean. He is just so thoroughly, completely uninformed,” Biden said.

“We only have one sacred obligation,” the vice president added, “to care for those we send to war and to care for them and their families when they come home.”

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