Did Donald Trump suggest veterans with PTSD 'can't handle' combat?

MANHEIM, PA - OCTOBER 1: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on October 1, 2016 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Recent polls show Trump's rival Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead in the state. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
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MANHEIM, PA - OCTOBER 1: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event on October 1, 2016 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Recent polls show Trump's rival Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead in the state. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Credit: Jessica Kourkounis

Credit: Jessica Kourkounis

While speaking to a group of United States military veterans on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a comment that critics say implied that veterans who kill themselves "can't handle" what they've seen in combat.

"When people come back from war and combat and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over, and you're strong and you can handle it, but a lot of people can't handle it," Trump said.

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Trump's latest comment provoked a lot of unflattering social media reaction.

Still, many pointed out Trump's remark was part of a larger comment on how the U.S. needs stronger mental health initiatives for veterans to help those with post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious issues.

"We're going to have a very, very robust, very, very robust, level of performance having to do with mental health," Trump said.

In the past, Trump has promised to ensure that each veteran gets timely access to health care when they need it through the VA or through private care.

The Trump campaign has yet to comment on Monday's remarks.