Help Us Pass H.Res 231
H.Res 231 - "There is established a select committee to be known as the Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs "
"The select committee shall conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam era, the Korean conflict, World War II, Cold War Missions, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation Enduring Freedom, including MIAs and POWs missing and captured."
The Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs concluded in 1993 that; "There is evidence, moreover, that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number, after Operation Homecoming...."
Much new information has surfaced regarding the mis-handling and suppression of POW/MIA information. A former analyst with the Defense POW/MIA Office, provided this information along with many other disturbing details requiring Congressional attention. Specifically, he detailed a report referred to, in house, as the "185 Report," This report discussed the possibility that as many as 185 American POWs were alive as late as 1976. During the same time frame the Joint Casualty Resolution Center (JCRC)concluded their own study. They found the possibility existed that as many as 57 American servicemen might be alive.
In the fall of 2008, we learned that investigators for the Senate Committee compiled a list of 59 names representing the "small number" the committee evidence "idicates he possibility of survival." Investigators also stated they represented the "minimum number" of POWs. Isn't it time we find out what happened to that "small number" and address the "unresolved matters" relating to our POW/MIAs.
In March 2006, memos written by a former Defense Intelligence analyst while serving as an investigator with the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs were discovered. These memos detailed the Vietnamese admission that some 19 servicemen listed as died while missing were in fact captured. These servicemen survived for varying lengths of time, one by Vietnamese admission survived three years. The committee never addressed this matter. In an interesting side note, 10 of the nineteen servicemen Vietnamese official acknowledged "survived into captivity" are among the 57 our own (JCRC)concluded might still be alive.
In February of 2005, the Joint Commission Support Directorate, the investigative arm of the U.S./Russian Joint POW/MIA Commission concluded; "Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the Soviet Union."
This is but the tip of the iceberg, requiring congressional attention. It is time to address the volumes of new information available on POW/MIA matters from World War II, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam and the Gulf. We ask you all to contact your congressional representatives and request that they co-sponsor H.Res 231. We've posted a list of all 435 congressional representatives using the link on our website. We've provided a sample letter. Use it, as is, alter it to make it more personal, or write your own letter.
It's time for Congress to take another look at the POW/MIA issue.
Make sure you contact your congressional representative, asking them to co-sponsor H.Res 231.