Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Wow, What a Guy

[Obama:] As a next step and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the military chain of command, I have also decided to reverse a long-standing policy of not sending condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide while deployed to a combat zone. 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. Our men and women in uniform have borne the incredible burden of our wars, and we need to do everything in our power to honor their service, and to help them stay strong for themselves, for their families and for our nation.


So much better than bringing them home and not sending any more.

Indeed, it's a disgrace that these families have suffered what could be considered worse than having a loved one die in combat and then been shunned by the military who put them in that position, and that needed to be addressed. He could have done that two years ago, though. Of course he had alreday been elected at that point and was no longer campaigning. It's different now.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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