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Welcome to the Northeast POW/MIA Network. It has come to my attention that many family members, veterans and others who support us have questions about the POW/MIA issue. Little to none of it ever reachs the main stream media. I can assure you that the facts we present are real.

Stop by and read the articles that will be posted. Then decide for yourself ~ did our country and those who promised to bring our family and friends home do the honorable thing or did they do what THEY needed to do to sweep the dirt under the carpet? We demand answers to these and other questions.

Don Amorosi, President
Northeast POW/MIA Network

Sharing from Bob Jones....

From: Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs [mailto:coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 2:38 PM
Subject: Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act - 2016

Hello Everyone,

On Thursday, September 29th, Senator Kelly Ayotte will introduce the Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act of 2016. This is long awaited legislation to declassify documents relating to missing armed forces personnel from all conflicts. The Senator will be issuing a press release and would like to include brief statements of support from organizations involved in the accounting mission.

Attached is a highlights page from the bill, as well as the proposed legislation itself. Please join us in support by sending comments to the Senator’s national security legislative aide, Ryan Clark: ryan_clark@ayotte.senate.gov. (Include the subject line: Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Act – 2016.)

There is too much information on missing men from all conflicts still waiting in classified documents, including intelligence reports and prisoner-of-war debriefs. Their classification status is maintained not because of critical information relating to the nation’s security but because there has never been a strong enough call to release them. This legislation will do that.

We hope that your organization will be part of this national effort to bring new information to the fate of missing men from all conflicts and answers to their families.

Thank you.

Rick
Richard Downes, President
(Lt. Hal Downes, MIA)

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs

Bring Our Heroes Home Alive Highlights

Bring Our Heroes Home Alive 2016 Act

Judicial Watch Sues Department of Defense for Records on American POWs 
Posted on March 24, 2016

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense to obtain records about American prisoners of war (POWs) who may have been held captive by Cuban government or military forces on the island of Cuba. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia 
,br> The Judicial Watch lawsuit was filed after the Defense Department failed to comply with a June 1, 2015, FOIA request seeking access to the following: 

Any and all records depicting the names, service branch, ranks, Military Occupational Specialty, and dates and locations of capture of all American servicemen believed to have been held captive by Cuban government or military forces on the island of Cuba since 1960. 

Read the full article here.

The Silent Treatment ~ Sydney Schanberg won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the war in Indochina. Yet his explosive 2008 essay 'McCain and the POW Cover-Up' was stonewalled by the mainstream media. Here we present Schanberg's account of his struggle to bring the story of Vietnam's forgotten veterans to the public's — and press's — attention.

From the beginning, nearly 40 years ago, the evidence was in plain sight. For reasons unexplained, however, the mainstream press did not acknowledge it and has continued to ignore it to this day.

Missing/Captured vs. POW - the term Prisoner of War or POW is no longer valid. Well....

Right Church Wrong Pew - We're sure many of our readers are familiar with this phrase "Right church wrong pew." For those who aren't, it simply means that your in the right location but just off a bit. During the year 2000, we expressed our concern that the status designation Prisoner of War would disappear. Based on information available to us, we believe the POW status would be replaced by the term Isolated Personnel or Isolated Persons.

The MIA Issue ~ During the course of the Vietnamese conflict, hundreds of Americans were incarcerated in Vietnamese prisons in North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and China. Many lived in barbaric conditions. Of these, 591 were released during Operation Homecoming, the prisoner repatriation program that was instituted at the war's end, in the spring of 1973. More than 2,000 Americans remained unaccounted for at that time.


Vietnam's Missing in Action ~ One of the lingering and deeply troubling aftermaths of any war is the unknown fate of those listed as missing in action (MIA). These individuals were killed on the battlefield unseen, or died as prisoners, or met with other misfortune. What they all have in common is that they have disappeared and their bodies have not been found.

WE CAN GET THE ANSWERS IF WE ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS!

Every day, the president, vice-president, senators, congressional representatives and a variety of appointed government officials are asked to respond to questions about government projects and programs. In all but the most extraordinary cases, the inquiry is passed on to aides and assistants who have little choice but to respond with prepared stock answers.

We are a completely volunteer organization, veterans and non-veterans, using awareness, communication, education, legislation, and compassion to assuage the pain associated with one of the most devastating outcomes of service to one’s Country. As we honor POW/MIAs, returned and still waiting to come home, we aggressively pursue means to return the missing and protect those serving.
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