Media Allowed to Film Fallen Soldiers

April 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
For the first time since media coverage was banned in 1991, news cameras were there as a casket carrying a fallen member of the U.S. armed forces returned home. The body of Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers was returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Sunday night.

Myers was a member of an engineering unit based in Britain. He died over the weekend in a roadside bomb in Southern Afghanistan.

In February, President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates overturned the policy agreeing to allow reporters to cover the remains of American troops being returned home, as long as families allow it.

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