Should a deployed soldier that commits suicide get a letter of condolence from the President?
I was reading through the news and came across a story about a young soldier that took his own life this past June while deployed for the 3rd time to Iraq. He was given all of the honors a soldier gets that has died in battle except a letter from the President. Apparently during the Clinton administration it was decided that soldiers’ who kill themselves do not get a condolence letter because they haven’t been killed in combat. Makes you think whether mental health issues are injuries that we can’t see. his deployments had cost him a marriage and a girlfriend. when he was sent as a reservist on the 3rd deployment he was with people he didn’t know. his mental health records were not sent to his new unit. just curious to see what you guys think.