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Condolences For Military Suicides?

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a reversal of the policy of not sending condolence letters to military families whose loved ones commit suicide. In a written statement, Obama said, in part, "This decision was made after a difficult and exhaustive review of the former policy, and I did not make it lightly. This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated, but these Americans served our nation bravely. They didn’t die because they were weak. And the fact that they didn’t get the help they needed must change." I asked Idaho's all-GOP congressional delegation for comment Wednesday. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch replied immediately and Rep. Raul Labrador responded Thursday morning. Rep. Mike Simpson did not reply/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What do you think of President Obama's plan to send condolence letters to military families whose loved ones commit suicide?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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