Sunday, May 27, 2012

Families seek more recognition for vets who died in accidents

When it presents posthumous awards for bravery in combat, the military often releases detailed accounts of events in which troops died. But with some accidents and other noncombat deaths, details never are released, even to family members of the dead.

Such secrecy frustrates families, undermines the military’s credibility and suggests that these deaths are less noble, says Donna Janeczko, who founded an online support group for families who have lost loved ones in noncombat military incidents, including accidents.

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