I have a brother and a nephew serving in the U.S. military, and I grew up in a military town. I have tremendous respect not only for those men and women in uniform but also for their families. So this is one of those stories that is of great interest to me.
For many years – since 1991, to be exact - when Americans lost their lives in the line of duty, TV cameras were not allowed at the airport when their bodies were brought back to the U.S. But a new Pentagon policy has changed that.
One important fact to note about the policy change: In order for the cameras to be present, the family of the fallen serviceman or servicewoman must agree to allow media coverage.
On Sunday, cameras were at Dover Air Force Base when the body of Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Myers returned home.
Our production team thought it was important to tell you about this story, which we do in Tuesday's show, but to not show the actual video out of sensitivity to our audience. We know a lot of you have parents and siblings serving overseas, and some of you are in the service. But we do want to know your opinion of the new policy. Do you think that the media should be allowed to show the caskets of fallen servicemen and women, or do you think that cameras should not be allowed?
Donna Krache, Executive Producer