It’s nice to see the Defense Department actually paying U.S. troops properly for the risks they run in Africa [“U.S. troops in Niger, Mali and parts of Cameroon to receive ‘danger’ pay,” March 9, news]. Better late than never.

But it remains appalling that five months after four soldiers were killed in Niger, no answers have come from Defense. Considering the near-blanket coverage of the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the absence of attention to these four deaths is obscene. These four men are as forgotten as the 241 U.S. personnel killed in Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983.

The American people and the media have failed to recognize their sacrifice and failed to hold anyone accountable.

Joseph Lowry, Arlington