Over the last decade, the U.S. military has destroyed or failed to keep millions of field records from Iraq and Afghanistan. The lapse in recordkeeping has left soldiers struggling (sometimes for years) to prove their combat experiences to obtain medical benefits, awards or veteranbenefits. In one case, the father of a Kansas soldierwho died in Iraq nine years ago never got a casualty report that would provide answers about his son’s death.
Veteran reporter Peter Sleeth will be on Reddit Wed., Nov. 14, at 3 pm ET to answer your questions — who is affected, why the documents are missing in the first place, and what is being done about it.
To join the discussion, head over to Reddit’s IAMA forum tomorrow. You must click “register” in the upper right-hand corner of the page to post questions or comments.
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