Troop suicides deserve nation’s condolences

President Barack Obama reversed Wednesday the longstanding US policy of not sending out condolence letters to the families of American troops who commit suicide while deployed in combat zones.

Families who’s loved ones commit suicide after returning home will still not receive a condolence letter. According to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, 2/3rds of military suicides happen when service members return home.

Kevin Lucey, whose son Jeffrey Lucey took his own life after returning from Iraq with PTSD, was interviewed on Democracy Now and wrote an editorial entitled “Troop suicides deserves nation’s condolences” calling on President Obama to acknowledge all the casualties of the wars, not just those that happen in combat zones.