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SBS Dateline on LaVena Johnson

by Philip Barron on May 20, 2009 · 4 comments

Award-winning journalist Ginny Stein of SBS Dateline in Australia reported on LaVena’s death and the issue of sexual assault in the US military. The program, “Dark Secrets,” aired on May 29, 2009 in Australia, but is still available for online viewing.

LA Times profiles LaVena’s story

by Philip Barron on March 9, 2009 · 14 comments

The Los Angeles Times has published a story by David Zucchino on Lavena Johnson, her death in Iraq, and her family’s ongoing struggle to repudiate the Army’s claim that she took her own life. It
Reporting from Florissant, Mo. — Inside the tidy suburban St. Louis home of John and Linda Johnson, no photos of [...]

Black Talk Radio interviews LaVena’s father

by Philip Barron on January 18, 2009 · 4 comments

LaVena’s father, Dr. John Johnson, will be interviewed by Scotty Reid of the Internet-based Black Talk Radio Network on Monday, January 19, at 8pm Eastern:
PFC LaVena Johnson lost her life in Iraq on July 19, 2005. Although the U.S. Army has ruled her death a suicide, the evidence would suggest that this was not [...]

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 [...]

The Jim Bohannon Show visits LaVena’s case

by Philip Barron on September 4, 2008 · 3 comments

The parents of PFC LaVena Johnson, John and Linda Johnson, are scheduled to be interviewed on The Jim Bohannon Show on Monday night, September 8, during the 11 pm hour. Also scheduled, during the second half of the hour, is Coz Carson of US Talk Network, who interviewed John and Linda in August. Carson will [...]