U.S. Changes Military Death Announcement Policy In Afghanistan

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The commanding general of the war in Afghanistan has ordered the U.S military there to wait to announce when an American service member has died until days after the incident. The order signals a break with a policy that one official said dates back to Vietnam. Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, ordered the change to the policy last month. Captain William Salvin, the director of public affairs for Resolute Support, said that Gen. Nicholson decided to change the policy to protect the families of the fallen and of those who continue to serve in the warzone. Nicholson wants to make sure the families have been notified and have their support systems in place before the U.S. military in Kabul informs the public that an incident has occurred.

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