Honoring MSgt Tara Brown, US Air Force, Afghanistan, April 27, 2011
Tara Brown died April 27 in a hail of gunfire near the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan. She was among nine Americans killed when a veteran Afghani pilot opened fire in a training room after an argument with a foreign colleague. The incident is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, 21, US Marine Corps, died of a non combat-related incident in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on April 3, 2011. Lance Cpl. Lew was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based out of Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation.
Army Pfc. Tina Priest died in Iraq five years ago in what is officially called “non-combat-related injury.” The United States Army says she committed suicide. Her family suspects she was murdered. Everybody agrees, however, that, 11 days before her death, a fellow officer raped her.
Priest’s story is one of seven told in “A Shot Away: Personal Accounts of Military Sexual Trauma,” a play based on transcripts of interviews conducted by playwright Donna Fiumano-Farley. We hear Priest’s story from her mother (played by Jackie Sanders in a standout performance) and her twin sister (Tara Ricasa) as they leaf through old albums and painful memories.