A wounded veteran is sounding off on a study that found some students are exhibiting symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder following the 2016 election.

The study, which was released Monday by the Journal of American College Health, evaluated 769 students at Arizona State University studying psychology in January and February 2017. About 25 percent of respondents reported symptoms of PTSD because Donald Trump won the election.

“What we were interested in seeing was, did the election for some people constitute a traumatic experience? And we found that it did for 25 percent of young adults,” said lead author Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at San Francisco State University.

Joey Jones, a retired Marine Corps bomb technician who lost both of his legs in a bomb blast while serving in Afghanistan, took issue with the survey's findings.


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"You now have people claiming to have post-traumatic stress disorder because they feel discomfort and uncertainty," Jones said. "What these people felt might be a self-imposed stress disorder, but it's the equivalent to a bad hair day. It's not the equivalent to putting your buddy in a bag. It's not the equivalent to trying to save someone's life and watching it slip away in the middle of combat."

He said it dishonors those veterans who deal with the debilitating effects of the disorder to suggest students who disagree with President Trump's rhetoric and policies also suffer from the condition.

"Men and women recover daily from disorders of post-traumatic stress. And simply being upset over an election, in my opinion, doesn't rate something like that."

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