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U.S. Govt. Changes Policy on News Coverage of Flag Draped Coffins - Since the first Gulf War, a ban has existed on news coverage of the flag draped caskets of U.S. soldiers killed in combat returning from the battlefield via the Dover Air Force Base. The policy meant no public record was made of these individual soldiers return home. On Feb. 26, 2009, the Obama administration changed the policy and opened Dover to the media. PICTURED: Apr. 09, 2004 - Kuwait City, Kuwait - 21 flag draped coffins of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq are carefully strapped down and checked prior to being returned to the United States aboard military transport aircraft. PLEASE NOTE: Tami Silicio, the air cargo worker who took the controversial photo, was fired after the image was published on the Seattle Times' front page. Her employer said she violated the Pentagon's policy banning pictures of coffins being returned to the U.S. Silicio said she wanted to show the care, respect and dignity of the process with her pictures.
Photograph by: Ω Tami Silicio/ ZUMAPRESS.com