President Obama announced that he would begin sending letters of condolence to the families of troops who kill themselves in combat zones. He noted that this was a decision that was made after a difficult and exhaustive review of the former policy and he added, “I did not make it lightly…This issue is emotional, painful and complicated but these Americans served our nation bravely. They didn’t die because they were weak.”
Long Campaign to Change
There has been a long standing campaign to get the President to change the previous policy, led by families who had soldiers die by suicide. Various veteran groups, members of Congress and mental health professions, including myself have been publicly advocating that the President change the policy . . . Click here to read more . . .
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Resources for Veterans
No Condolence Letter for Families of Solders Who Commit Suicide
Military Kids With Deployed Parents Experience Higher Risk of Hospitalization
There Are No Vaccines for PTSD and Suicides in the Military