Please read the caption underneath the photo. Please note the part that says that Maria Gomez tried to find comfort on an "Army officer's shoulder."
Please look at the soldier identified as an Army officer. Please note that she is a Staff Sergeant. Please note that a Staff Sergeant is not an officer, and would most likely be insulted to be identified as such.
Please note that this is why many military personnel and veterans believe that, in the words of Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette,
[N]o (American) newspaper treats American GIs with more contempt than the New York Times does, never missing an opportunity to fabricate or twist a quote to make it fit their editorial purpose. [emphasis mine]It's a small thing, you might say. Well, no, it isn't, if you've worn a uniform and earned rank. And even if you think it is, ask yourself this: If they can't get the small things right when it comes to the military, how can you trust them on the bigger things?
The answer is simple: you can't. Please remember that.
Note: This was not a minor story for the Times. This picture, with the caption underneath, took up a good part of page B1 in the New York print edition of today's paper.