Current Committee Report
BY RICHARD DeLONG, CHAIR
PM-4 Americans Missing in Laos and Cambodia: We have been working with the governments of both countries, and they are helping. But we still have a long way to go before we can close this resolution.
PM-7 Possibility of Live POW/MIAs and Facilitating the Return of Those Who Remain in Southeast Asia: We are still looking, although the chance that anyone is still alive in 2014 is very unlikely.
PM-8 Fullest Possible Accounting of POW/MIAs in Vietnam: We are working with the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia for information and help.
PM-11 Honoring All Returned POWs and Giving Recognition to American Civilians Held as POW/Interned During WWII: This was done when the committee was formed in 1991 and is still being done to this day. Our information says all are accounted for.
PM-13 Public Awareness and Education on the POW/MIA Flag: This has been done in most—if not all—states. In some states VVA chapters have lobbied local governments to fly the flag at post offices and other government buildings.
PM-14 Forever POW/MIA Stamp: We contacted the Postmaster General about the stamp, and were told that it can't be reissued. We disagree and will reach out to the Postmaster for more information.
VI-1 The Veterans Initiative, A National VVA Effort on Vietnam's Missing in Action: We are working on the return of our POWs and MIAs, but we also need help to recover the Vietnamese missing. Members can facilitate this process by providing information on gravesites or by sending us letters, personal effects, documents, photos, or personal statements.
VI-2 Scope of the Veterans Initiative: We are working with the governments of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and China for the recovery of all missing from the Vietnam War.
The 2013-2015 Committee has met and established several areas of importance within the mandated resolutions of the 2013 National Convention which need immediate attention.
In accordance with PM-3 (Declassification of Information and Diligent Effort), an ongoing mission of records investigations of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been implemented and has proven to be successful. After Action Reports, maps, and Military Intelligence Reports have been located, copied, and collated in active case files maintained by the Veterans Initiative Program.The PM-14 ("POW/MIA Remembrance" Forever Stamp) topic has been investigated, revealing that the U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General's Office must be contacted once again to establish a point of contact for legal interpretation of the USPS regulations regarding the issuance of the POW-MIA Forever stamp. The U.S.P.S. regulations trump the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee's charter, which states "While the Postal Service relies heavily upon the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee for its advice, it has the exclusive and final authority to determine both subject matter and design for U.S. postal stamps and postal stationary." The Committee has been in communication with the Postmaster General's Office and will continue an open dialog in an attempt to resolve the issue with a positive result.
The Veterans Initiative Program plans to reinstitute a public-awareness campaign within the veteran’s community through the distribution of articles requesting information regarding identifying possible Vietnamese missing in Southeast Asia--such as the return of personal effects taken during the war; by providing personal statements and eyewitness accounts; and by assisting with the identification of unmarked grave sites.
A fresh and new look is now on the POW-MIA Committee web site which now includes videos divided into three topics: POW-MIA, Veterans Initiative, and JPAC.
The POW-MIA Committee is proceeding with the development of a grant proposal program for the Veterans Initiative Program.
Thank you for your support.
Videos - Click on the thumbnails to view.
|Vietnam POW 40th Reunion News Coverage|
|Once Enemies||The Hon. Nguyen Ba Hung, Consul General of Vietnam||VVA Hue FS|
|PS MIA Crash FS|
|"It Touches My Heart"||JPAC - Like Nowhere Else|
FROM THE VVA
"The POW / MIA Committee shall seek and promote the fullest accounting of those still listed as POW / MIAs in Southeast Asia and any other areas of the world, regardless of the conflict that initiated their disappearance. The committee shall disseminate information received on the POW / MIA issue to the National Board of Directors, State Councils, Chapters, POW / MIA families and friends, and VVA membership as called upon."
Would you look back to a time long ago? Looking for personal items belonging to Vietcong or NVA regulars. Click here for more information