Sarah Palin on Wednesday tied President Obama’s treatment of veterans to her son’s arrest on a domestic violence charge.
"I guess it's kind of the elephant in the room because my own family going through what we're going through today, with my son, a combat vet, having served in the striker brigade fighting for you all America in the war zone," the 2008 vice presidential nominee said at a rally in Tulsa, Okla.
Palin continued, “But my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened."
"They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country," she added.
The former Alaska governor's son, Track, 26, was arrested late Tuesday on domestic violence and weapons charges. He is accused of hitting his girlfriend and possessing a weapon while intoxicated.
While stumping for presidential contender Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE, Palin made the pitch for better treatment of veterans and argued that voters must elect a commander in chief who won't leave veterans and "wounded warriors" behind.
"It starts from the top, the question though it comes from our own president, when they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through, do you know what we're trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?"
She continued, "So when my own son is going through what he goes through coming back I can certainly relate with other families who feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with."
Palin is hitting the campaign trail after throwing her support behind Trump's presidential campaign on Wednesday.