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28.  Army sorry for 'John Doe' letters to relatives of war dead
Source: CNN

The U.S. Army is apologizing to thousands of Army families who received letters beginning "Dear John Doe" after losing a loved one in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Some 7,000 letters were sent in late December to notify families of services or gifts surviving family members can receive from nonprofit organizations that help families of fallen soldiers, according to an Army statement Wednesday.

The letters also had improper address information at the top of the correspondence. Instead of the receiving family's name and home address, the letters said "Army Long Term Case Management."

The letters were printed by a contracting company and sent by the U.S. Army Human Resources Command's Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The center issued a formal apology Wednesday, according to the statement.

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Nice of them to apologize.
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  -Army apologizes for hurtful message to survivors Judi Lynn  Jan-07-09 02:49 PM   #0 
  - Oh my damn. No words, no surprises. Such a slap in the face to the brave men and women  nc4bo   Jan-07-09 02:54 PM   #1 
  - Probably a direct mailer.  Gwendolyn   Jan-07-09 03:09 PM   #5 
     - Such a shame. I'd have thought that the Army would handle sensitive  nc4bo   Jan-07-09 03:20 PM   #7 
        - Privatization and autmation are wonderful things...  rfranklin   Jan-07-09 03:30 PM   #8 
        - i know. What's a soldier worth once s/he's dead?  Gwendolyn   Jan-07-09 03:36 PM   #9 
  - What mistake?  gratuitous   Jan-07-09 02:55 PM   #2 
  - now now - I heard pickles a week or so back  DrDan   Jan-07-09 03:08 PM   #4 
  - John Doe says thanks.  Bonobo   Jan-07-09 02:55 PM   #3 
  - Rumsfeld said troops were fungibles.  tabasco   Jan-07-09 03:13 PM   #6 
  - Or, as so aptly sung in 1973 ...  Nihil   Jan-08-09 07:06 AM   #39 
  - That's Hedley Lamarr!  Turbineguy   Jan-07-09 03:52 PM   #10 
  - How does one adequately apologize for calling one's dead son/daughter a john doe?  Robbien   Jan-07-09 03:52 PM   #11 
  - Remember the old joke...  Bigmack   Jan-07-09 04:03 PM   #12 
  - Reminds me of "Our Sargent Major"  TrogL   Jan-07-09 04:18 PM   #13 
     - We called it "Blood Upon the Risers"  hardtravelin   Jan-07-09 07:54 PM   #22 
  - Army apologizes for "Dear John Doe" letters  DogPoundPup   Jan-07-09 04:57 PM   #14 
  - But isn't that how the Army looks at soldiers  HedHunter   Jan-07-09 04:57 PM   #15 
  - Fungible, if you listen  jimshoes   Jan-07-09 04:57 PM   #16 
  - Freudian slip?  GreenPartyVoter   Jan-07-09 04:57 PM   #17 
  - Tragic, probably avoidable, and you can be sure that the responsible people are hurting.  truthisfreedom   Jan-07-09 05:15 PM   #18 
  - We can't even send our own letters of condolences? WTF  Juan_de_la_Dem   Jan-07-09 05:33 PM   #19 
     - They weren't letters of condolence. That would be even worse.  Gwendolyn   Jan-07-09 05:36 PM   #20 
  - Again the Contractors aren't working so well for the Military  MadMaddie   Jan-07-09 07:47 PM   #21 
  - SNAFU or FUBAR? / nt  M155Y_A1CH   Jan-08-09 12:12 AM   #23 
  - Army Sends 'Dear John Doe' Letters to Families of Fallen Troops  Judi Lynn   Jan-08-09 02:09 AM   #24 
  - Kicking my thread back to the top.  Judi Lynn   Jan-08-09 04:08 AM   #25 
  - Is the death toll up to 7,000?  Bunny   Jan-08-09 04:17 AM   #26 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-08-09 04:26 AM   #27 
  - Army sorry for 'John Doe' letters to relatives of war dead  whopis01   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #28 
     - "When you care enough to send the very worst"  BlueJazz   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #29 
     - Ho hum. Another Army snafu. At least no one died this time.  chollybocker   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #30 
     - EVERY recipient of one of those abominable letters dies a little inside, all over again.  calimary   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #38 
     - A past posting that covers this situation.  Doc_Technical   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #31 
     - outsourcing and contractors  BareNakedLiberal   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #32 
     - they have absolutely no control over the asylum.  Historic NY   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #34 
        - cause they said  BareNakedLiberal   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #36 
     - So the DofD doesn't have one literate person who can compose and print a proper letter?  Doremus   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #33 
     - Do the 7,000 letters represent one per fallen soldier...  LiberalHeart   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #35 
     - No  bdab1973   Jan-08-09 09:55 AM   #40 
     - dupe  struggle4progress   Jan-08-09 06:46 AM   #37 

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