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Bell 505 to assist in recovery of missing US military personnel
One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in their efforts to find missing U.S. military personnel in Southeast Asia. The other helicopter will be used for . . .
Learn about the new VA Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)
On November 1, 2017, the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or “RAMP,” was launched with the goal of providing eligible Veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA’s decision on their benefit claims.
The NFL Offered A Veterans Group Super Bowl Ad Space But Refused To Run Anti-Kneeling Message
American Veterans, a non-profit group started by World War II servicemen, leapt at the opportunity to advertise in the official 2018 Super Bowl program but was shocked to find that their pitch had been rejected based on language within the ad.
French Researcher steals from OUR National Archives and gets caught, now sentenced
Antonin DeHays, French historian pleads guilty : This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here.

 
Korean War Missing Airmen Who Obviously Match Unidentified Remains
John Zimmerlee compiled a list of specific MIA cases noting the best possible matches. We need to help John by circulating this information to ALL Veterans, Families, Korean Veterans Organizations on your mailing list and in your social circles because as you will see when you read the report, he DOES NOT have contact with the majority of these Families. We need to put the POWER of the Internet and social media to work.
Vietnam MIA Mission Problems
This is a MUST READ for all Advocates, Veterans and Families members! We have talked about the “tail wagging the dog” before, this is confirmation from a man, Michael McDonald-Low, who was there in 1967-68 and is still working hard, 50 years later, to bring his Brothers Home.
Government Issued Veteran ID Card
As mandated by Congress, the VA is issuing official Veteran ID cards. This card identifies individuals as Veterans (not to be confused with eligibility for VA benefits). These cards can be used to obtain discounts offered by stores, retailers, restaurants, and other to Veterans. Moreover, AFEES opened its on-line shopping to Veterans on October 1, 2017.  You may apply for your card at: 
https://www.vets.gov/veteran-id-card/
Free online records database aims to identify unknown troops from WWII
If you know someone who has a relative that did NOT come home from military assignment during WW II – this could the breakthrough they have been waiting for. Stay tuned, it should be available very soon. Congratulations to Mr. Breaux and his M.I.A. Recovery team on all their efforts to bring this data base to the public.
Renewed US-Russia talks focus on POW/MIA issues
A U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIA Affairs (USRJC) is making progress toward resolving unanswered questions on personnel missing and unaccounted-for
Pentagon issues no apology for keeping WWII grave destruction secret
This news article is the story of just one of the 400 + who was buried on Tarawa.

Vietnam offers unprecedented support to US POW/MIA recovery issues
Key Vietnamese government officials recently said for the first time in more than 47 years that there were: "… no longer any restrictions on the number of U.S. personnel who could work in-country simultaneously, ......” Read more.
The CHOICE Program (VA)
For all our Brothers and Sisters who are eligible for care under the Veterans Administration’s “Choice Program”, VA Secretary Shulkin indicates that the program could be out of funding by mid-January 2018 IF Congress does NOT do their Job! Read more . . .
Repatriation ceremony held for US servicemen's remains
A ceremony was held at Noi Bai International Airport in the capital city of Hanoi on December 13 to repatriate remains of US servicemen. The Vietnamese side handed over to the US side four boxes of remains that were recovered in Dien Bien, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Ninh during the 129th Joint Field Activities from October to December 2017. 
Museums and Researchers Join Forces to Open Up America's MIA Files
Please join us in extending our CONGRATULATIONS to MIA Recovery Network  and its founder Mr. Ken Breaux on their recent partnership with The Sons of Liberty Museum and The Army Air Corps Library and Museum!!
DPAA reaches milestone
in USS Oklahoma identifications

"There are no words that can describe the feeling we get when an unknown individual is identified and returned to their loved ones," said Dr. Timothy McMahon, Director of DoD DNA Operations.
VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed
White House VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed and Operational Around the Clock to Serve Nation's Veterans
S. 1990, the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Improvement Act of 2017
Recently introduced Bill in Senate, S-1990, needs support. DAV National Commander gives insight to the Bill’s purpose and even provides an email template to send to YOUR Senator in an effort to get them on board. If YOU want change to occur, YOU must take action. Important news that effects Veterans and their survivors.
Secret Casualties of the
​Cold War

More than 200 airmen were shot down while spying on the Soviet Union. In light of the recent trip to Russia by DPAA and others – this is a must read for Family and Advocates of the MIA Issue.
POW Investigative Project (PIP) 
Launched on Veterans Day 2017 - This innovative site combines investigative reporting & global crowdsourcing. Read the Media Release. Click here for 'Contact' information.

The National Alliance of Families for the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen is pleased to be partners and supporters of the POW Investigative Project, Inc (PIP).
‘How Many KIA from my town?’
The information transcribed into a data base makes finding the answer to that question MUCH easier today than it was 25 years ago. Please check out the link, look at YOUR State, then look at the cities in your State. 
Wreaths Across America at Andersonville National Cemetery - Home of the National POW/MIA Museum
Did you know you can have your donated wreaths go right to Andersonville National Cemetery on the grounds of Andersonville National Historical Site? Andersonville National Cemetery is the only National cemetery, that I am aware of, where soldiers are buried in mass graves and headstones are shoulder to shoulder.  Check out the attached News release and follow the instructions. Simple as that. 
One Empty Seat
POW/MIA Chair Of Honor Unveiled in the Capitol Building Emancipation Hall 11-8-2017.  Samuel Johnson, a former Vietnam POW, United States Representative, Third District of Texas assisted with the unveiling. View pictures and read more about the Press Coverage or lack thereof.  From the desk via the Lens of Patrick Hughes, US Marine, Combat Veteran & Photographer Extraordinaire. Also view the  Video.
10 Things Every Veteran Should Know About Agent Orange
Read this important document by Dr. Ralph Erickson about the who-what-when-where of Agent Orange.


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