Christa Southworth’s husband spent part of last year embedded in Iraq as part of the Army’s Human Terrain System, a program that pairs anthropologists and other social scientists with combat brigades to help tacticians in the field understand local cultures. He booked a United Airlines flight home last spring for the birth of his second child.
Then his mission ended early, so he caught a military transport plane back to the States. And then, much to his surprise, he found himself holding a worthless ticket.
““This situation is just an intolerable insult””