Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama should end a long-standing policy of not writing letters of condolence to families of troops who commit suicide, dozens of lawmakers urged him in a letter Wednesday.
Saying "our armed forces are in the midst of a suicide epidemic," the lawmakers warned that military suicides could reach record numbers in 2009 - topping the high of 140 set last year.
"By overturning this policy on letters of condolence to the families of suicide victims, you can send a strong signal that you will not tolerate a culture in our Armed Forces that discriminates against those with a mental illness," the lawmakers urged.
The White House has begun a review of the condolence policy, which the 46 members of Congress said should be completed as soon as possible.
Don't fall for their trickery, Obama! Its a trap set by the republican's so they can say "He doesn't care about the troops" later. No dice.