The Defense Department is expanding its travel policy to Dover Air Force base to accommodate more families of fallen troops.
Service secretaries may now authorize government-paid travel so families can attend the dignified transfer of their loved ones who die overseas, but not in combat. Robert Wilkie, serving as the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, signed a memo May 25 that granted this authority.
Previously, the government paid for travel only for troops killed in the theater of combat operations.
Travel may be granted to a service member's primary next of kin plus two additional family members, according to the memo.
There are two requirements:
1. The service member died overseas.
2. The Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Dover has called for a forensic pathology investigation.
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