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The plea of a military family

by Philip Barron on December 15, 2009 · 1 comment

PFC John Borero died nine years ago, but his parents cannot know with certainty that the body returned to them is that of their son. Debbie DeMello speaks here on behalf of her family.

From an article by activist and retired Army Colonel Ann Wright in Truthout:
The October 14, 2008 editorial in the Fayetteville, NC Observer “Our View: Military Domestic Violence Needs More Aggressive Prevention,” focused on the murder of four military women in North Carolina and contained a startling comment: “In a way, it’s surprising that there aren’t [...]

by Philip Barron on October 15, 2008 · 9 comments

Gregg Reese, contributor to the Los Angeles-based Our Weekly, has written on the case of PFC LaVena Johnson. The article provides an informative snapshot of the background behind LaVena’s death, autopsy findings and official statements, accounts of Congressional efforts that have thus far fallen short of results, and a broader look at the issue of [...]

Army Staff Sgt. Darris J. Dawson

by Philip Barron on September 19, 2008 · 4 comments

Another troubling story of a “non-hostile” military death in Iraq, another military family desperate for answers from an uncommunicative Army. CNN reports on the death of Army Staff Sgt. Darris J. Dawson:
Darryl Mathis waits in his Pensacola, Florida, home for the body of his 24-year-old son to return home from Iraq. Mathis, a military veteran [...]

Deaths awaiting answers

by Philip Barron on September 11, 2008 · 4 comments

The bleak refusal of Army investigators in response to the Johnsons’ call for a renewed investigation of LaVena’s death has been well-noted here and elsewhere on the Web. LaVena’s case is just one of many, however; stories of other soldiers whose deaths are shrouded in secrecy, and whose loved ones still await investigation and explanation [...]