The Daily Sandwich

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, December 12, 2005

Fallen American troops: now with free shipping!

It's bad enough that the government has enforced a policy of shipping casualties out of Iraq under cover of night to avoid any possibility of the dead and wounded being seen and reported on. But now they seem to have found a new way to bring our military home:

There's controversy over how the military is transporting the bodies of service members killed overseas, 10News reported.

A local family said fallen soldiers and Marines deserve better and that one would think our war heroes are being transported with dignity, care and respect. It said one would think upon arrival in their hometowns they are greeted with honor. But unfortunately, the family said that is just not the case.

Dead heroes are supposed to come home with their coffins draped with the American flag -- greeted by a color guard.

But in reality, many are arriving as freight on commercial airliners -- stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo.

John Holley and his wife, Stacey, were stunned when they found out the body of their only child, Matthew John Holley, who died in Iraq last month, would be arriving at Lindbergh Field as freight.

We appreciate your family's sacrifice, and ask that you appear at Baggage Carousel C to pick up your son at 9:07 p.m. We recommend calling first in case of flight delays.