John Doe Letters Prompt Army ApologyJanuary 9, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Army said that 7,000 family members of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were mistakenly sent letters addressing them as "John Doe." The Army said the improperly addressed letters were a result of a printing error. The letters were sent in late December to inform survivors about private organizations that offer gifts, programs and other assistance to families that have lost soldiers. Army Chief of Staff General George Casey Jr. was sending a personal letter of apology to all of the families who received the letter.