Unsolved mystery of soldier's death could indicate sexual assault...

Yesterday, I spoke extensively by phone with John Johnson, father of Pfc. LaVena Johnson whose suspicious death in Iraq demands reinvestigation by the Army. The Johnson family has waged a private battle for nearly two years to have Army officials reexamine its ruling that LeVena died by her own hand, citing evidence that points to death by foul play.

Mr. Johnson said that up to this point, their struggle had been a solitary one. "We felt totally alone out there," he said. Knowledge that LaVena's story is becoming known to more people every day is heartening to the family. Everyone who has taken action on the Johnsons' behalf - whether by signing the petition to the two Armed Services Committees, writing emails to individual legislators or media about LaVena, or simply sharing the story with friends or family - should know that the family is aware of their efforts, and is grateful.

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