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NH SB 148 ~ POW Designation

CHAPTER 87

SB 148 – FINAL VERSION

2009 SESSION

09-0065

09/01

SENATE BILL 148

AN ACT establishing that the state of New Hampshire recognizes the designations of Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) as valid descriptions of casualty status and category classification for military personnel.

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine

AN ACT establishing that the state of New Hampshire recognizes the designations of Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) as valid descriptions of casualty status and category classification for military personnel.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

87:1 New Subdivision; Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Designations. Amend RSA 110-B by inserting after section 81 the following new subdivision:

Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Designations

110-B:82 Prisoner of War and Missing in Action Designations. The state of New Hampshire hereby recognizes the designations of Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) as valid descriptions of casualty status and category classification for military personnel.

87:2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved: June 11, 2009

Effective Date: June 11, 2009

ALL STATES Can Help Make the Description for POW/MIA's designations POW and MIA

Posted on June 27, 2009

Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director
Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav

It's official, the State of NH is the first state in the Union to pass and enforce a bill that states that the only recognizable description for POW/MIA's is the designations POW and MIA.

I just received the following from Carolyn Maupin, mother of Iraq POW Matt Maupin who was murdered in captivity. Thank you New Hampshire leaders for walking point on this. You have done what everyone has talked about. You took action and paved the way for all of the other states to follow. GOD bless NH.

I will now start working on getting the following piece of legislation passed in Kentucky. I challenge all veteran leaders, veteran organizations, and those who care to start today copying the following petition and ask your state senators and representatives/delegates to sponsor and pass this in your state. We all have talked enough. it is for a show of support for our POW/MIAs. we can pass this in ALL states if anyone cares in these states.

What would you do if someone you loved went missing in a war? You would do everything you could do. Working to pass this is as simple as getting up and doing it. The beer, bingo, and BS can wait. It is time to fight for our POW/MIAs.

This is the least we can do.

The information below came from Susan Peterson to Carolyn Maupin who forwarded to me.

Thank you Howie for getting this to me....I sure wanted to be there today (work just gets in the way of what I would like to do!!!). Now we need to get it changed at the DOD!!! If any of you reading this need more info, please let me email or call me.

It's official, the State of NH is the first state in the Union to pass and enforce a bill that states that the only recognizable description for POW/MIA's is the designations POW and MIA. The governor signed it into law this morning in front of a group of about 75-100 people, and in addition he signed our POW/MIA petition that will go to the President and Congress asking them to direct the DOD to restore this designation. The Governor also announced that he will be sending a letter to the President on this matter, and in addition will be asking the the Chairman of the National Governors Association to present this to all Governors. Senator Jack Barnes, has drafted a letter asking the same that he will be sending to all the governors and some Congressional leaders.

On the petition signed by the Governor also appears the signatures of Reps Baldasaro, Boisvert, Sprague and Emiro, Senators Barnes and Fuller-Clark, Mary Morin of the NHVC, and two WW II former POW's.

Below you will find copies of the Bill, the passed legislation and the Governors proposed letter.

Letter from Governor Lynch to President Obama


POW/MIA Petition to President Obama and US Congress

SB 148 Signed

This is not the end, this is just the opening shot. Contact veterans and Veterans groups all over the country and ask them to support the petition, make one of their own if they want, and ask their State Legislatures to do the same.

Now I know a similar petition was done by some groups in the past, but it was addressed to President Bush, and went nowhere. Just because you signed that previous petition does not mean you have done your part, it just means you support the request and we hope that you will sign a new petition and continue the fight.

Till they all come home!

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