‘That’s not going to happen with my son’
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Author:  Catherine [ Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:31 pm ]
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[url=]‘That’s not going to happen with my son’
Honor guards replace forklifts for fallen troops after father takes up cause

In an about-face by the U.S. government four years into the war in Iraq, America's fallen troops are being brought back to their families aboard charter jets instead of ordinary commercial flights, and the caskets are being met by honor guards in white gloves instead of baggage handlers with forklifts.

That change — which took effect quietly in January and applies to members of the U.S. military killed in Afghanistan, too — came after a campaign waged by a father who was aghast to learn that his son's body was going to be unloaded like so much luggage.

More than 3,500 Americans have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the new law was passed by Congress, the dead that arrived from overseas at the military mortuary in Dover, Del., were then typically flown to the commercial airport nearest their families.

Some were met by smartly uniformed military honor guards. But in other cases, the flag-draped caskets were unceremoniously taken off the plane by ordinary ground crew members and handed over to the family at a warehouse in a cargo area.

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Author:  dori [ Sat Apr 07, 2007 7:34 am ]
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Is there any way this administration hasn't cheapened life, hasn't cheapened America?

Thank you Democrats for caring.

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