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A Christmas Gift to those we work for on a daily basis and their families. The First task of the Christmas Season..On December 21 st ALL who care, please call your(ALL) Congress Reps and Senators. Wish them a “Merry Christmas” and ask that be accountable to an issue that have set aside or ignored far too long.

We/THEY have an American Soldier being held POW in Afghanistan and he waits for our/THEIR help. Christmas brings a New Year and an opportunity for them to stand on the side of Honor and Truth or continue to BE the problem.

Think of every call made, as a Gift to those that wait…How Many CARE enough to give this small gift ?

Bob Jones
contact@northeastpowmianetwork.org

On December 5, 2009 the Northeast POW/MIA Network joined the Blue and Gold Star Mothers, Fathers, Siblings, family members and other veteran groups came together to help a NH Gold Star Mother in honoring her son's memory by laying wreaths at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH.

A veteran who is also a proud Marine Dad put together these two slideshows.

On November 28, 2009 the Northeast POW/MIA Network lost a great friend ~ Russell A. Dunn of Meredith, NH

Russell moved to Meredith at the age of 4 and has been a resident of Meredith most all his life. He attended Meredith schools.

He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans and a past member and commander of the Griggs-Wyatt American Legion Post 33 in Meredith. In 1989, he was one of the founders of the Thursday night POW/MIA vigil, held in Hesky Park, Meredith.

He was a decorated Army veteran and received the Purple Heart as the result of his combat service in Vietnam.

Russ was laid to rest at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Friday December 4th. Bob Jones of the Northeast POW/MIA Network attended the wreath laying services on Saturday December 5th where he placed a wreath of remembrance on Russ's grave.

Rest in peace our friend ~ We will never forget!

Former POWs Now Eligible for Posthumous Purple Hearts

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2008 – A policy change to expand eligibility for the Purple Heart award to prisoners of war who died in captivity represents the right decision that recognizes their sacrifice, a senior defense official told American Forces Press Service.

The Pentagon announced the new policy earlier this week that will extend criteria for receiving Purple Hearts to prisoners of war who have died in captivity since the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

“The Purple Heart is an award worn with great pride and recognizes that the servicemember has been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action,” said Samuel Retherford, director of the Pentagon's officer and enlisted personnel management directorate 

The revision maintains the integrity of the award while allowing a reasonable presumption that servicemembers who die in captivity did so as a result of enemy action or complicity, he said.

Retherford noted that the conditions and circumstances of capture and captivity are difficult to document. But unless compelling evidence indicates otherwise, the policy assumes that the death resulted from enemy action or from wounds incurred as a result of enemy action during capture.

The new policy will allow retroactive award of the Purple Heart to qualifying POWs since World War II. This will cover the large number of American POWs who died in captivity during that war, Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said.

Extension of the Purple Heart to these POWs does not constitute dual recognition for the same act or service, Lainez emphasized.

“The POW Medal recognizes honorable service for members who endure the trials and tribulations associated with being a POW,” she said. “The Purple Heart recognizes servicemembers who are wounded or killed in action with the enemy or as a result of enemy action.”

Each military department will publish application procedures for retroactive Purple Heart awards. Family members with questions may contact the services directly:

Army, 703-325-8700

Navy, 314-592-1150

Air Force, 800-616-3775

Marine Corps, 703-784-9340

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