'Wash Post' Returns to Tragedy of Soldier Killed By Police After Getting Orders for Iraq
By E&P Staff
Published: December 29, 2006
NEW YORK Earlier this week, Megan Greenwell of The Washington Post uncovered the tragic story of a local veteran of the war in Afghanistan who became mentally unstable after getting new orders for Iraq -- and was then shot and killed by police the day after Christmas. Although not an official "Iraq casualty," he was another example of the growing fatal impact of that war.
Greenwell returns to the front page of the paper's "B" section today with further details. Excerpts follow. The entire article can be found at www.washingtonpost.com.
James E. Dean's first Christmas as a married man was supposed to be a joyous affair.
The man everyone called Jamie had received a diagnosis of depression, but things were looking up. He frequently told Muriel, his wife of four months, that she was the best thing that had ever happened to him. He had plans to celebrate his 29th birthday two days before the holiday. His parents and grandmother, to whom he was extremely close, lived just a few miles away in the same St. Mary's County town -- perfect for sharing Christmas dinner and opening presents together.
But everything good in Dean's life had been overshadowed by a letter he received three weeks earlier. The letter, from U.S. Army headquarters, instructed him to report to Fort Benning, Ga., on Jan. 14. From there, he was likely to be sent to Iraq.
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