Media to cover war dead; 1st time in 18 yearsFor the first time in over 18 years, the media will be permitted to cover the returning war dead following the Pentagon’s lifting of a photo ban in February.At 11 p.m. Sunday night, the remains of Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers — who was recently killed in Afghanistan — are expected to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, the site where caskets first enter the United States from overseas fighting.Since the Persian Gulf War, photography has been prohibited at Dover, but President Obama asked Secretary Gates to review the ban since taking office. Myers is the first fallen soldier whose return will be covered by the press.Families have a choice of whether to allow coverage and attend the ceremony; however, the media cannot photograph or film them while covering the return of the casket.

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