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Two years ago, my son, Army Spc. Chancellor Keesling, died by suicide in Iraq. He was 25 and on his second deployment.
Shortly after his death, my wife, Jannett, and I learned of a long-standing policy in which presidential letters of condolence are withheld from families of American service members who die by suicide.
We learned in late 2009 that the White House would be reviewing the policy, when then-White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told then-CNN reporter Elaine Quijano that the White House had inherited this policy and was reviewing it. Yet as of this writing, we and the hundreds of other families whose children have died by suicide while at war wait for a result.
I wonder: What is the White House reviewing and why it is taking so long?
Originally posted by AnteBellum
reply to post by elevatedone
What I am wondering is if you deliberately commit suicide, such as the Kamikaze's did or jumping on a land-mine, if they see it as a difference?
I am looking now. . . . . .
Originally posted by bluemirage5
reply to post by lpowell0627
Have you ever heard of Gulf War Syndrome? Have you ever heard of PTSD ?
Sure you don't want to re-word your post???
Originally posted by budski
We have been conditioned by christianity to believe that suicide is a mortal sin, whereas other cultures venerate it as a form of sacrifice, and not being a burden etc.
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