Moulton Says He Had PTSD After Iraq, Introduces Military Mental Health Plan

MANCHESTER, NH - APRIL 23: Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks to media before participating in a community project on April 23, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eise... MANCHESTER, NH - APRIL 23: Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks to media before participating in a community project on April 23, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 29, 2019 8:16 a.m.

Presidential hopeful and Marine veteran Seth Moulton (D-MA) confessed Tuesday that he underwent treatment for PTSD after his tours in Iraq, and is accordingly unveiling a military mental health plan as part of his platform.

According to Politico, Moulton’s admission marks the first time in the modern era that a candidate from a major party has publicly spoken about receiving mental health treatment.

“I just want people to know they’re not alone,” Moulton said. “Just because other presidents haven’t talked about this openly doesn’t mean that presidents haven’t dealt with these issues in the past.”

His plan involves mandatory mental health checkups, a counseling session upon soldiers’ reentry into civilian life and annual physicals.

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