Military Condolence Letters

In honor of Memorial Day, let us remember all the men and women who have died in service to our country, including those who have died by suicide.

A bipartisan group of senators are asking President Barack Obama to change the current, long standing and insensitive policy of not sending condolence letters to families of service members who lost their lives to suicide.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) supports reversing this policy. In April we delivered more than 12,000 signatures gathered by AFSP field advocates and chapters across the country. Help us continue to encourage the White House to reverse this policy and reduce stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness.

Email the White House by visiting http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. Fill in all the information required; under subject select “Afghanistan and Iraq” and post this message:

“I support the US Senators who recently wrote to you regarding the White House position on not sending condolence letters to military families who lose loved ones to suicide. Mr. President , please say no to the STIGMA associated with mental health issues and suicide. Please change this policy now!”

If you prefer to leave a voice message, you can call the White House at 202-456-1111. The phone line is open M-F, 9am-5pm (EDT), excluding holidays.

To learn more about this issue read the CNN.com article here –http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/05/26/president.suicides.letters/?hpt=T1

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