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POW/MIA

The VFW will not rest until we achieve the fullest possible accounting of all missing American military service members from all wars.

The numbers of unaccounted-for personnel are staggering, and the length of time since they have been lost is extensive. Many will never be recovered because the loss occurred over deep water or the eyewitnesses to the incidents have long passed away.

The VFW encourages the U.S. government to continue its missing personnel accounting efforts, and is directly engaged with other nations and their veterans’ groups to urge their cooperation and assistance to obtain information about missing Americans.

VFW national officers make annual trips to Pacific, Asian and European countries where they always meet with senior host-country officials to stress the importance of conducting investigation and recovery operations, as well as gaining access to documents and archival research facilities.
 

Regarding overseas trips, the VFW is the only veterans organization to return to Southeast Asia every year since 1991, to Russia since 2004, and now into China for the past few years. The VFW open doors on a vet-to-vet level that makes us the envy of U.S. government politicians and bureaucrats who must follow a strict protocol.  

In January 2012 the VFW hosted a six-member delegation from Russia’s largest veterans organizations, who came to Washington to learn more about the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VFW also hosted similar Russian delegations at a half dozen previous national conventions, and did so again at our 113th National Convention in Reno.  

In April, the VFW sponsored a dinner to recognize six Bataan Death March survivors, and on June 8, VFW representatives attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty, along with 10 ship survivors.  

The VFW's Washington Weekly e-Newsletter lists returned MIAs once their names are posted on the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office’s website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/news/news_releases/.  

Below are links highlighting the VFW's efforts for the POW/MIA mission over the past year, to include ensuring our fallen are properly cared for at Arlington National Cemetery and Dover Air Force Base.  

November 16, 2012
VFW Letter to the Editor Protects Full Accounting Mission 

October 17, 2012
VFW Overseas Initiative Helps POW/MIA Mission
 

September 21, 2012
Today is POW/MIA Recognition Day
 

June 07, 2012
VFW Applauds Arlington National Cemetery Improvements
 

May 29, 2012
VFW Visits Chinese Military Archives
 

May 25, 2012
VFW Commander to Join in National Memorial Day Observances
 

March 08, 2012
VFW Discusses Issues with President
 

November 9, 2011
VFW Statement on Dover AFB Mortuary Affairs
 

October 25, 2011
VFW Thanks Russia for Renewed POW/MIA Support
 

September 30, 2011
VFW Leadership in Washington
 

September 15, 2011
VFW Asks America to Remember MIA Families
 

July 13, 2011
Opinion Editorial: DOD Breaking Sacred Promise with POW/MIA Families
 

June 20, 2011
Medvedev Appoints Russian Cochairman to Joint POW/MIA Commission
 

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