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Spc. Terry Harrison, a member of the Wisconsin National Guard has been suspended indefinitely from the funeral honors detail after she posted two pictures of military funerals to her Instagram account. In its terms of use Instagram prohibits violent, nude, discriminatory, unlawful, hateful or pornographic content as well content that may harass, threaten or contain private or confidential information. The pictures Harrison posted do not violate any of Instagram’s terms of use nor do they violate any state or federal laws. However, her postings sparked outrage from her fellow soldiers as well the community as a whole. The comment “we put the FUN in funerals” has caused Harrison to receive death threats and the Guard is taking measures in order to protect her.

Harrison may not have violated any state or federal laws but she is under investigation, along with other members of the Guard in the photos, and may receive punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Major Paul Rickert, Wisconsin National Guard’s director of public affairs, said that the photos and comments do not portray any misconduct during the performance of actual military funeral honors. Rickert added that the Guard expects all soldiers who carry out this detail to handle it with professionalism and honor and these photos and comments do not appear to align with those values.

Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, the Wisconsin adjutant general who ordered the investigation, said he was “appalled” by the photos. Gen. Frank Grass, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon, has directed the Army National Guard to conduct its own investigation of the matter. 

Samantha Davis

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