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Trump must press for remains, news about American POWs from Korean War at summit, families say

From: Kathleen Shemeley <pow.mia.ctfmn@gmail.com>

Date: June 4, 2018 at 5:46:17 PM EDT

Dear Bob,

Would probably be useful for families, activists and vets to add comments to this new Fox piece on POWs (some comments there now suggest this should NOT be a priority)  Here's the latest from Mark Sauter concerning the upcoming summit. 

Kathy

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/01/trump-must-press-for-remains-news-about-american-pows-from-korean-war-at-summit-families-say.html

Bring Our Heroes Home Act (S-120) 

From: Donna Knox <donnadknox@gmail.com>

Date: April 24, 2018 at 6:23:32 PM EDT

To: pitapaco@metrocast.net

Subject: Important POW MIA Legislation

Hi Bob,

 

The Coalition of Families is working with Blair Bjellos in Senator Dean Heller’s office to move the Bring Our Heroes Home Act (S-120) through committee, to the floor and ultimately to passage. In case you haven’t been following the bill, S-120 is the 115th Congress’ version of the comprehensive declassification legislation that former Senator Ayotte introduced in the 114th Congress—before she lost her bid for re-election.   

This bill addresses the need to declassify documents related to POW/MIAs in a way that none before has attempted to do. It would be a significant shift in the effort to account for our missing service personnel.

 

I have attached a letter I’ve written generically to our community of advocates. It explains S-120 in a bit more detail and it lays out what we can do at this time to help turn the bill into law. We have made it simple. I hope you will read the letter, then articulate your support for the bill. After working this issue for 25 years, I am confident that, if passed, S-120 will make a tremendous difference to the accounting effort. It will bring transparency. It will help us make sure the government is doing its job.

 

Thank you for your support for the men who gave so much. They and their families deserve answers.

 

Sincerely, Donna

 

Donna D. Knox, Esq.

Legislative/Policy Liaison

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs

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The issue with the Terminology

Missing/Captured vs. POW - the term Prisoner of War or POW is no longer valid. Well....
There's a problem with the terminology...We continued to express our concern over the expected discontinuation of the POW status. Learn more by visiting the Terminology page
STATUS OF THE ISSUE
February 26, 2018 ​ 
1,600 Americans are now listed by DoD as missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War: Vietnam - 1,253 (VN-458, VS-795); Laos–292; Cambodia-48; Peoples Republic of China territorial waters–7. (These numbers fluctuate due to investigations resulting in changed locations of loss.) The League seeks the fullest possible accounting for those still missing and repatriation of all recoverable remains. Highest priority is accounting for Americans last known alive. US intelligence indicates some Americans known to be in captivity in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were not returned at the end of the war. In the absence of evidence to the contrary, it must be assumed that these Americans could still be alive, and the US Government should not rule out that possibility.

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

CONGRESSIONAL ACTIONS


Write, call, or email congress urging bipartisan support for US priority on accounting for America’s unreturned veterans.

To find your Representative go to: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

To find your Senator: ​https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

H. RES. 129


  Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2017

Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES


S. RES. 61

  Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal
      Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to
  investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for
                    personnel of the United States.

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF POW/MIA FAMILIES

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We are a completely volunteer organization, veterans and non-veterans, using awareness, communication, education, legislation, and compassion to assuage the pain associated with one of the most devastating outcomes of service to one’s Country. As we honor POW/MIAs, returned and still waiting to come home, we aggressively pursue means to return the missing and protect those serving.