The White House move comes after years of lobbying by the families of the more than 1,000 military personnel who have taken their own lives since the start of the two wars. In a written statement, Obama said he was “committed to removing the stigma associated with the unseen wounds of war” suffered by the troops who committed suicide in recent years.
“This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated, but these Americans served our nation bravely,” Obama said. “They didn’t die because they were weak. And the fact that they didn’t get the help they needed must change.”