Ala. gov intervenes, soldier to get state flag
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama soldier is getting a state flag to display while he's serving in Afghanistan after the governor's staff initially refused to send it.
The Birmingham News reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/nCcFA6) that the office of Gov. Robert Bentley told the soldier it couldn't afford to give away flags. The flags can cost as little as $11.
Bentley's office issued a statement later saying the governor didn't know about the policy, and the staff is now sending a flag to Army Sgt. 1st Class Howard J. Blake Jr. Bentley also is ordering a change in policy to let service members get free state flags if they're located in combat zones.
Bentley is a veteran, and he says the policy against sending flags to troops made no sense.
Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews