The news that President Obama has reversed the policy of not sending condolence letters to troops who die by their own hand reminds us of what one chaplain told us.  After a Marine in his unit had shot himself,  Navy chaplain Michael Baker said that the demons he had faced were as real to him as armed insurgents.  For some perhaps, the demons rise from the stresses of multiple  deployments and family and financial problems that can follow; for others they can grow out of childhood wounds that never healed.  Judging from the soldiers we met on suicide watch and what we heard from Marines who had  lost a comrade to suicide, these soldiers served our country honorably.  It is only right that their families receive condolence letters.

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