When a loved one passes away, often the hardest part is learning of their death first-hand, so spare a thought for Ariell Taylor-Brown - whose husband was killed whilst serving in Afghanistan. Instead of the official military protocol, of being informed in person by uniformed personnel, Ariell found out news of her spouse's death when a soldier from her husband's platoon sent her a message on Facebook to call urgently.
"A girl in his platoon," explained Taylor-Brown. "She told me to call her immediately and I was in front of my kids and I completely had a breakdown."
It was then that Ariell learned of her husband's death, after discovering that Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown had been killed by an insurgent bomb in Afghanistan.
"She told me over the phone, right in front of my kids, and I completely had a meltdown. She wasn't supposed to but I guess she took it on her own power to do it", she said.
Officials at Fort Carson, Colorado, where Brown was stationed, are currently investigating the breach and have stated that three soldiers have been held responsible for divulging the sensitive information.
Whilst it is standard procedure, before deployment, for soldiers to be advised not to release any deaths or injuries, until the Department of Defense has informed the soldier's family, it is unclear at this point: whether or not the soldiers had been instructed accordingly, with regards to delivering this type of news. However, if it has been determined that orders were broken, then there's a strong possibility that one of the soldiers involved could face a court martial.
Source: The Huffington Post