White House lifts ban on military suicide condolences
July 6th, 2011
01:33 PM ET
3 years ago

White House lifts ban on military suicide condolences

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will begin sending condolence letters to the next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide, said a White House statement.

"This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated," President Barack Obama said in the statement. "But these Americans served our nation bravely ... we need to do everything in our power to honor their service, and to help them stay strong for themselves, for their families and for our nation."

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  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    This is way overdue. Regardless if a soldier committed suicide, they still served!!! That's more than I can say for most Americans. As a veteran, I find it reprehensible that these vets have been dishonored regardless of what the purpose was for them taking their own life. Their families should still be allowed to collect his/hers death SGLI and other death benefits.

    July 6, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Dita

    Good for you, Mr. President!

    July 6, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    A worthwhile gesture. Meanwhile, the GOP is continuing to throw a self-serving ideological foot-stomping "I want it, I want it" tantrum like a gaggle of two yeaer olds overholding the debt ceiling hostage until they are promised that we will eviscerate Medicare, Medicaid, SS and the rest of the societal safety net. See, as far as they're concerned, you're not quite beholden enough to your employers and not quite enough under corporate America's thumb yet. You need to see nothing but a bottomless pit of despair and poverty yawning before you at age 65 for the GOP to be happy...that way the threat of termination and unemlpoyment will be all the greater if you're not willing to take all kinds of pay cuts, baseboard salaries without benefits, etc....and god forbid you have the audacity to ask for a raise or vote against your employer's wishes. They want you on your knees like Oliver asking for a second ladel's worth of gruel...so they can kick you in the face while you're down there....and the best way to get there is for you to know, without any doubt, that if you have no safety net whatsoever to catch you if you fail to be a good worker drone and find yourself without whatever measely scraps they decided to allow you to have. You mean and are worth one thing and one thing only to the GOP and their corporate masters: aproximately 50 years of labor and then a burial bill.

    July 6, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. jen

    Long overdue.

    July 6, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This was a good thing to do Mr. President.
    People contemplate suicide WITHOUT the unimaginable horrors and carnage of war. Coping with the trials of day-to-day living has sufficed to send soe folks over the edge. However, this doesn't diminish who they were while amongst the living and their contributions the same with our men and women in uniform.
    As someone who lived through a coup d'etat in her native country I can tell you from a civilian's perspective that war, at any level, is gruesome.

    July 6, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Ted van Tol

    A ban? What a disgrace! It's 2011!

    Good for you mr. President!

    July 6, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. SecedingfromTexas

    Good. The heartbreak is just as strong, and all who die defending America should be honored.

    July 6, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |