Coverage allowed of another casualty return

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">The casket of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers, of Hopewell, Va., is carried by an honor guard on Sunday, April 5, 2009 in Dover Air Force Base, Del. After receiving permission from the family, Myers is the first casualty to be observed arriving at Dover since the ban on media news coverage of returning war dead was put in place 18 years ago. Myers was killed Afghanistan on Saturday. &#40;AP Photo&#47;Evan Vucci&#41;</span></div>
April 7, 2009 11:31:24 AM PDT
For the second time in three days, the media has been granted permission to cover the return of an overseas combat casualty to Dover Air Force Base. The body of Army Specialist Israel Candalaria Mejias was expected to arrive Tuesday evening in Delaware. The specialist from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, was killed by an explosive device Sunday while serving in Iraq.

The Pentagon's 18-year ban on media covering the return of fallen U.S. service members to the Dover mortuary ended Sunday with the return of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers. The Hopewell, Va., airman was killed in Afghanistan.

The ban began during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 to shield grieving families. Now families of fallen servicemen can decide whether to allow media coverage of their return.

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