December 23rd, 2009
11:48 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama must overturn military suicide condolence rules, lawmakers urge

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.

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  1. JP

    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.

    December 23, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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