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July 7th, 2011
02:15 PM ET

Obama reverses military suicide policy

President Obama is reversing a long-standing White House policy of not sending condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide. Gregg Keesling, the father of a military suicide victim, joins CNN's Suzanne Malveaux in the Newsroom.

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  1. John from Erie, Pa

    I think this should be made retroactive to include all previous men and women. They deserve to be recognized also. Different people react to stressful situations in different ways. I don't know why they did what they did but their family should get a condolence letter.

    July 8, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  2. Bryan Walters

    As one of Chancellor's past squad leaders I can speak from experience; it is an invisible wound. I am not for sure it can be entirely fixed, but there are ways to significantly reduce the inflated and seemingly uncontrollable emotions endured from combat. Those Soldiers that do fall victim to these emotions deserve to be honored if they are cleared for duty and has no suicidal indicators before combat because the stresses caused directly or indirectly from deployment takes their toll on us. Defense of our country is our job. We will not shirk our responsiblities to do that job as we put our needs, our family's needs and ourselves to the wayside. If we must be subjected to multiple tours and the events that come with them, we should be honored when we fall to the wounds of those combat tours regardless of their visibility.

    July 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm |

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