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Military adjusting social media guidelines

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It's a process no military family ever wants to endure, but sadly, more and more families are finding out via Facebook that their loved one has died or was injured instead of the traditional way of hearing from the military first.

Since 1966, the U.S. Army has dispatched officials to homes to inform the families in person on behalf of the Defense Department and president.

In-person notifications are as solemn as a memorial service and are meant to be dignified and professional meetings.

But now the Army is addressing the issue in the next edition of its social media handbook. Officials want to eliminate the possibility that a family might learn the news through websites like Facebook before hearing from an official first.

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