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Military protocol for notifying families

June 20, 2005

Albany-- Hearing that news is the greatest fear of many of you who have loved ones currently serving in Iraq. The military works hard to deliver that news sensitively.

At least five members of the Georgia National Guard's 48th brigade have been wounded since they deployed last month. Some of you expressed concern that we reported those injuries without knowing names.

But the military insists families are the first to find out. If there is a fatality, a military representative and a chaplain will visit the family within 6-hours. The family is also notified immediately in person or by telephone if there is what the military defines as a serious injury.

When an injury is not serious, the soldier decides whether he wants his family to be notified. Casualty information is not publicly released until 24 hours after relatives are notified.

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