Media to view first casket in 18 years
The media will witness the return of a airman killed overseas on Sunday night, the first time since the Obama administration lifted an 18 year ban on media coverage of veteran's caskets, according to the Star Tribune.
The Air Force will open Dover Air Force Base tonight to media who wish to cover the return of the casket, after receiving permission from family members. The casket will carry 30-year-old Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va., who was killed on April 4.
The new policy allows families to give permission either way if media can attend. Critics of the old policy has said the government was trying to hide the cost of war, according to the Tribune.
CNN, who also reported the story, said the policy was not supposed to take effect Monday, April 6, and no reason was given for the early allowance.