League Delegation Photos of the visit to Koh Tang, Cambodia, site of the May 1975 tragedy and ongoing effort to account for those still missing/unaccounted-for there.  The forensic archeologist on the site is Brad Sturm.  The Cambodian official portrayed walking with us is LTG Kem Chanee, for the Cambodian POW/MIA Committee, and the female pilot’s name is Annie, flies the teams back/forth, Helicopters New Zealand.

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50th Anniversary Commemoration Logo



General Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, will preside at a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Air Force Vietnam War Prisoners of War and Missing in Action on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. at the Air Force Memorial.  This date is the 50th Anniversary of the shootdown of the United States Air Force pilot who subsequently became the first USAF POW of the Vietnam War.  This is an opportunity for veterans, family members, current service members, and any interested person to join in remembering and honoring the brave Airmen who sacrificed so much in service to their country.


Notes from Southeast Asia
Mark Stephesen, Vice Chairman, National League of POW/MIA Families

February 4, 2015

My father, Col Mark Stephensen, USAF, MIA/KIA/remains returned, flew 94 missions over North Vietnam before his RF-4C crashed evading hostile fire.  The last two days, I’ve been privileged to be on a field visit to 4 joint field excavations in the Savannaket Province, Laos PDR.  We were transiting to the sites via ground vehicles and helicopter.  As we were traveling, I was struck by the thought that I was witnessing the same terrain and environment my father saw as he executed his missions into North and perhaps South Vietnam.  I could see the majestic mountain ranges with the formidable carst formations.  I stood under the jungle canopy, sometimes in double and triple thickness.  Looking up from the ground and down from the helicopter as we flew, I could appreciate how someone on the ground could hear and maybe see a rescuer, but they could not see him.  I saw the smoke and haze  and clouds that could hide an entire mountain range blocking line-of-sight, radios and rescue beacons.  I appreciated how easy it was to hide deadly, radar-guided anti-aircraft missiles and artillery in the dense foliage and rocky terrain.  I could only imagine the desperation of wounded crewmen in badly damaged aircraft trying to get back to the safety of Thailand through this deadly land.

The province we visited was directly on the Ho Chi Minh trail which was used by the North Vietnamese Army to supply its combat missions in South Vietnam and also supported the Viet Cong there as well.  Two of the sites we visited were other RF-4C losses.  Of the four crewmembers on these two aircraft, two were accounted for.  The other two remain missing in action with a presumption of death.  Both incidents were similar to my father’s circumstance of loss.  Both resulted in high speed impacts with considerable destruction of the aircraft.  Fortunately for my family, my father’s remains were recovered by the NVA, buried, later exhumed and stored.  My father was afforded proper burial with full military honors.  The effort we witnessed was to affect the same for these two US unreturned veterans.

I also saw brave and dedicated US volunteers working in harsh and uncomfortable conditions, away from home for months, searching for their missing comrades.  Some weren’t even born when these men fought and died.  They are all heroes.

As I rode in the van and in the helicopter, I thought to myself, as Dad was flying over this country, he probably could not have imagined in his wildest dreams, that his oldest son would someday be driving in that same country looking for MIAs.  With indescribable irony, I can only imagine that he was thinking of his family, but those thoughts may have been back at home in Idaho, not in Laos.



Mrs. Ann Mills-Griffiths courtesy call with H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith

Mrs. Ann Mills-Griffiths courtesy call with H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR on 2 February, 2015

Press Release


February 3, 2015


National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing In Southeast Asia Chairman of the Board, Ms. Ann Mills-Griffiths visit to the Lao PDR

The Chairman of the Board of the National League of Families of Prisoners and Missing Americans in Southeast Asia led a delegation on a visit to the Lao PDR from 27 January to 3 February, 2015. Ms. Griffiths was accompanied by the League’s Senior Policy Advisor, Mr. Richard Childress, and Vice Chairman of the Board, Mr. Mark Stephensen.  While in Vientiane, the delegation met with U.S. Ambassador, Daniel Clune and his staff at the U.S. Embassy, Vientiane, to receive an update on the continued development of the U.S. relationship with the Lao PDR, and to learn about progress on the POW/MIA issue to work toward the fullest possible accounting for the remaining 305 Americans still unaccounted for from the Indochina Conflict in the Lao PDR.  On 29 January Ms. Griffiths met with the H.E. Lieutenant General Chansamone Chanyalath, Vice Minister of National Defense, and also with the Chairman of the Lao National Veterans Federation.  That evening U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clue hosted a reception in Mrs. Griffiths’ honor attended by a number of current and past Lao government officials who have contributed to the U.S. POW/MIA search and recovery efforts since Ms. Griffiths’ first visit to the Lao PDR in 1982. From 30 January to 1 February Ms. Griffiths and her delegation visited the Joint Field Activity 15-2LA teams currently conducting recovery operations at American MIA loss sites in Xepon and Vilabouli districts in Savannakhet Province.  At the completion of the field visit the delegation returned to Vientiane for additional meetings on 2 February with senior level officials including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Thongloun Sisoulith, Minister of the President’s office, H.E. Phongsavath Boupha, and a working lunch with H.E. Hiem Phommachanh, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications.  On the evening of 2 February, the Ministry of National Defense hosted a dinner at the Lane Xang Hotel in honor of Ms.

Griffiths’ visit to the Lao PDR.  On 3 February, the delegation departed to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam for consultations and review of progress on the POW/MIA issue in that country.



Cambodia to facilitate U.S. efforts in search for soldiers’ remains in Vietnam war

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) — President of Cambodian National Assembly Heng Samrin said on Monday that he would urge the government to facilitate the continued U.S. efforts in searching for American soldiers who were missing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War 50 years ago.
Samrin made the r…emarks when meeting with Ann Mills Griffiths, president of the National League of POW-MIA (Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action) Families, spokesman Keo Piseth told reporters after the meeting.
“Samrin highly spoke of the U.S. mission in searching for the remains of American soldiers missing in the Vietnam War, saying that such humanitarian mission has given an honour to the victims and an encouragement to the family members of the victims,” he said.
According to the spokesman, Samrin, on behalf of the National Assembly, supported and would urge the Cambodian government to continue cooperation with the National League of POW-MIA Families in order to expand searching areas for the remains of those missing soldiers.
In Cambodia alone, 90 American soldiers are unaccounted for from the Vietnam conflict, according to Samrin. So far, 38 of them had been found.
For her part, Griffiths expressed thanks to the Cambodian National Assembly and the government for supporting this humanitarian mission.
She said the mission in Cambodia will take longer time since it needs to expand the searching areas.


On January 7th, 2015, family member Fred Pringle, son of SMAJ Joe H. Pringle, USA, 2-2-68, SVN, representing the League, attended a special presentation by 10th grade honors students in World History and English Interdisciplinary Studies at Olentangy Liberty High School, Powell, Ohio.  The theme was History vs Hollywood.  Student, Jordan Polk, chose to make her presentation on the movie Rescue Dawn and is shown standing in front of her exhibit.




Amb. Clune and wife Judy visit to Ta Oy Base

Ambassador Clune and his wife Judy just returned from an overnight visit to Ta Oy Base
Camp, where they were able to visit three recovery sites and share an
early Thanksgiving dinner with the teams.




Veterans Day Program


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50th Annual Veterans Day Tribute to Honor Veterans from U.S. Conflict to be held in Hillsborough County

 Veterans Day 2014 Poster    

TAMPA, Fla. – (Oct. 28, 2014) – The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County, Inc. will conduct the 50th Annual Veterans Day Tribute to honor all veterans from U.S. conflict on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. This ceremony will take place at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Veterans Museum located a half mile south of the Florida State Fairgrounds at 3602 U.S. Highway 301N. The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m. in remembrance of the time of the Armistice to end the First World War in 1918.


The ceremony will begin with the presentation of the colors by the Middleton High School Air Force JROTC Cadets. Teresa Foss will sing the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance will be led by JROTC Cadet Tina Bond from Hillsborough High School. There will be over 50 JROTC Cadets from 10 area high schools in attendance to perform a drill demonstration and a Pass-In-Review.  Mr. Frank Strom, Managing Director, Division of Veterans Affairs will make brief remarks.


The POW/MIA Missing Man Ceremony to remember those who have not yet made it home will be performed by the Scottish-American Military Society. A Wreath Tribute will be presented by the Gold Star Wives, Gold Star Mothers and Gold Star Families of America. A rifle salute and the playing of TAPS will be rendered by the Marine Corps League Riverview Detachment 1226. 


The Master of Ceremonies is retired Lt. Col. James W. Haake, USA, and the keynote speaker will be former Commanding General of the Third Army (the Army component of CENTCOM) and retired Lt. Gen. James R. Ellis, USA. There will be presentations from three JROTC Cadets regarding Patriotism and Veterans Day. Several dignitaries will be in attendance.  The coveted Edwin Porterfield Award and the Keeping the American Patriotic Spirit Alive Award will be presented. A special presentation of an Action Trackchair will be made by Freedom Alliance’s Executive Director, Calvin Coolidge to 1st Lt. Nate Nelson, USAF and Wounded Warrior in Operation Enduring Freedom. 


A special highway dedication ceremony sponsored by the Florida Division of the Federal  Highway Administration will also take place to designate the following:

  • A portion of U.S. 301 between Adamo Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to Sergeant First Class  Paul R. Smith Memorial Highway
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between I-75 and I-4 to POW/MIA Memorial Highway
  • The Veterans Expressway between State Road 60/Courtney Campbell Causeway and Dale Mabry Highway to RADM LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Expressway
  • A portion of 50th Street between Palm River Road and Causeway Blvd. to Deputy Sheriff David Anthony Abella Memorial Highway


This ceremony is open to the public and tented seating will be available.  Following the Veterans Day program, refreshments will be served by VFW Post 8108 and PDQ from Riverview.


Veterans Tribute at Washington National Cathedral

Veterans Concert Invitation

Featuring the Marine Corps Orchestra, Washington National Cathedral Choir and selections from American War Letters
Friday, November 7th at 7 pm
This 75 minute program of inspiring words and music in the magnificent setting of Washington National Cathedral will give tribute to the service and sacrifice of all service men and women of the armed forces and their families.
The program will use, as its narrative, letters sent from the warfront during the major conflicts of the last 100 years. We hear personal stories of courage, patriotism and sacrifice made by those who risk their lives for the nation. In honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we also hold up those whose experience of war has left scars, both visible and invisible, and for whom the return to civilian life has proved challenging.
The music will be performed by the choir of the National Cathedral and The President’s Own, Marine Corps Orchestra. From the rousing Liberty Fanfare of John Williams to the thoughtful setting of Psalm 23 set to music by John Rutter, the audience will find moments that will both stir the spirit and soothe the soul.
The letters will be selected from the Center for American War Letters curated by Andrew Carroll. Carroll has published several books of wartime letters and his research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine and the New York Times. He has letters from every American conflict and some of the stories they share are both heart stopping and heart wrenching. Chapman University’s Center for American War Letters has recently agreed to house these treasures so they may be protected for generations to come. As the Chapman website states, “these personal war-time correspondences are a vital record of the collective memory of the American people, as witnessed and articulated by service members, veterans, and their loved ones, who experienced these wars firsthand.” Carroll has agreed to work personally with Washington National Cathedral on this project. More information about Carroll and the Center for American War Letters can be found at
This tribute event will be free and open to the public with no ticketing required. The Cathedral hopes to gather veterans, active military and their families as well as those who are eager to show their support for these extraordinary Americans.
This event is part of the Cathedral’s Veterans Initiative, which offers various programs and activities in an ongoing effort to:
 Recognize and pay tribute to those who have served and sacrificed for our country
 Offer a sacred space for spiritual refreshment and healing for veterans and their families
 Educate the civilian public about the experience of veterans during their service and the challenges they and their families face when they return home.


Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-6200


Veterans’ Day Ceremony – Capt. Rocky Versace Plaza, 11 November

Alexandria, VA

The “Friends of Rocky Versace” will host the 13th Annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony in Alexandria on Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 at 1:00 PM.  The approximately 1-hour, indoor Ceremony will honor posthumous Medal of Honor recipient and POW/MIA CPT Rocky Versace, MIAs SSG Douglas R. Blodgett, Maj Joseph E. Davies, Maj Morgan J. Donahue, 1LT Leland S. McCants and Seaman Apprentice John A. Winkler; the 61 other Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War and all Veterans in attendance.

Location is indoors in the gym at the Mt Vernon Recreation Center’s Capt. Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial; City of Alexandria, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. (intersection of Commonwealth and Mt Vernon Aves.).





A musical festival in South Georgia  in honor of America Heroes

Veterans Stadium – Brooks County Georgia
Saturday, November 8, 2014 (The weekend prior to Veteran’s Day)

Learn more about Veterans Fest 2014 here: 

Please do share our festival with your peers, family and friends!

 Below is a link for the POW / MIA Day in Georgia at the State Capitol on September 25, 2014. It is a Tribute to the Families of Georgia’s Fallen Heroes of the Vietnam War.



September 19, 2014 will be proclaimed by the President as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  Over the past several years, all or most of the 50 states have proclaimed POW/MIA Recognition Day in conjunction with the national effort.  The League has asked each state to issue a proclamation, so please contact your Governor and ask for his/her support and a copy of your state’s proclamation!  Across the country, local POW/MIA ceremonies are encouraged throughout POW/MIA Recognition Week, culminating with countless events and the national ceremony in Washington, DC, on Recognition Day.  Support for these missing Americans and their families is deeply felt.  America’s POW/MIAs should be honored and recognized, rather than memorialized, with the focus on continuing commitment to account as fully as possible for those still missing.  Strong, united support by the American people is crucial to achieving concrete answers.   Learn more:  Recognition Day-9-19-14

Upcoming Recognition Day events across the country

- send us your plans and photos!


From our UK / European Coordinator for the National League of POW/MIA Families

Remembrance Day Events



Santa Rosa Memorial Park

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POW/MIA DAY A Tribute:

Prisoners of War/Missing In Action

Friday, September 19, 2014

10:00 – Veteran’s Lawn


Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 972 in conjunction with the Idaho Falls Military Recruiters present the National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Friday, 19th September 2014 06:00 PM – 07:00 PM

Place: Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail  |  City: Idaho Falls, United States

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 972 in conjunction with the Idaho Falls Military Recruiters present the National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday Sept 19th at 6pm at the Ware Memorial on the Idaho Falls Greenbelt Trail, Idaho Falls, ID 83402, USA The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 972, in conjunction with the Idaho Falls military recruiters will be holding a ceremony at the War Memorial at the Greenbelt in Idaho Falls on Sept. 19th 2014, in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The event begins at 6pm and the public is welcome.

VA to observe POW/MIA Recognition Day on Sept. 19

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, will be holding a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Pine Grove Country Club.

The public is welcome to attend the ceremony. The ceremony will pay tribute to America’s former prisoners of war who live in the area and those killed or still missing in action.

The keynote speaker is Glenn Johnson of Rhinelander, Wis., a former World War II prisoner of war (POW) who successfully escaped from a German POW camp. The ceremony will include music and readings by VA staff and volunteers.

A private luncheon for the former POWs and their families will follow the ceremony.

Pine Grove Country Club is located at 1520 W. Hughitt St. in Iron Mountain.

Questions regarding the POW/MIA ceremony may be directed to Brad Nelson at (906) 774-3300, extension 32001.



Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)

AFSA POW-MIA 24hr Run McChord Field  Please join AFSA Chapter 1461 in our second annual POW/MIA Recognition Day 24-Hour run.  The purpose of this event is to recognize our brothers and sisters that are not forgotten and to support the enlisted family, past and present.  If you are interested in donating for this cause, please review and complete the information below.  All donations support the enlisted community and will enhance the quality of life and morale of the Airmen.  Register:

Trucksville church group will light watch fires for veterans

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Sept. 19 By Joe

Ed Zimmerman, seen here, will be guest speaker at a National POW/MIA Recognition Day event in Trucksville on Sept. 19.

Ed Zimmerman, seen here, will be guest speaker at a National POW/MIA Recognition Day event in Trucksville on Sept. 19. In war, watch fires were lit on hilltops and at the mouths of rivers after a battle, so those separated from their units could find their way back.

On Sept. 19, the “Remembering Our Veterans Memorial” group from Back Mountain Harvest Assembly of God Church, Carverton Road, Trucksville, will light a watch fire to spiritually guide home, remember and honor all the POW/MIA from America’s wars and conflicts, said John Tasco, who represents the group.The lighting of the watch fire will take place on the church grounds at about 5:30 p.m. on that day, which is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will move into the church sanctuary if there is inclement weather.“This year we will be featuring Ed Zimmerman as our guest speaker,” Tasco said.  Zimmerman, of Bear Creek Township, a Marine Corps and Vietnam veteran, traveled to Khe Sanh, Vietnam with a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, search team earlier this year to search for the remains of two Marines who were killed during the 77-day siege at Khe Sanh in early 1968. Zimmerman, who fought in the battle, will speak about his trip in June to Khe Sanh, where he helped locate the spot where the remains of the two Marines may be found.  Zimmerman, then a Marine lance corporal, earned a Bronze Star for saving a fellow Marine and a Purple Heart for a wound he suffered. He told The Times Leader in June that he found the spot based on his recollections and coordinates from others. Tasco said this is the second year the group is holding the watch fire.  “Last year we had a former Korean War POW and the daughter of a MIA from Vietnam as our guest speakers,” he said.The watch fire will continue to burn until dawn. There will be representatives of various veterans organizations, music, prayer and other activities on the grounds. The program will include a presentation of the colors; a singing of the national anthem by Patty Petts; the Pledge of Allegiance by Rock Rec Youth Wildness Experience, and the opening prayer by Dave Higgins, a Vietnam veteran.  Tasco, who’s also a Vietnam veteran, will give the welcome, followed by other speakers, songs and prayers.

Fultondale to participate in National POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 19

FULTONDALE, Alabama – The city of Fultondale will honor the nation’s Missing in Action and Prisoners of War this September.
The Fultondale City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the day during its meeting Monday. Mayor Jim Lowery said in the proclamation he encourages the citizens of Fultondale and the businesses loca…ted in the city, as well as those in surrounding communities, to “Paint Fultondale Black and White” in honor of the service members by placing black and white ribbons, balloons, wreaths and more on their doors, windows and mailboxes. Black and white banners symbolizing America’s POWs and MIAs will be flown over the White House and other national buildings and monuments as a reminder of the country’s obligation to remember the sacrifices made by the service members, according to the proclamation.



TRUSSVILLE — The Trussville City Council last week approved a proclamation that makes Friday, Sept. 19 POW/MIA Recognition Day.

The proclamation states that on that day, the stark black and white banner that symbolizes America’s missing in action and prisoners of war will be flown over the White House; U.S. Capitol; the departments of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs; the Selective Service System headquarters; and more.

A Trussville historical marker
file photo by Ron Burkett

This will be done as “a solemn reminder of our obligation always to remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation,” the proclamation states.

The proclamation encourages all municipalities to place black and white ribbons, balloons, wreaths and other symbols on their doors, windows and mailboxes. It also encourages all Alabama citizens to dress in black and white on Sept. 19 as a show of honor and remembrance of America’s missing in action and prisoners of war.

Sept. 19 will be a day of tribute.

“…we stand beside their families, and we honor those who are held captive as prisoners of war, we will never forget their sacrifice, nor will we ever abandon our responsibility to do everything in our power to bring them home.”



Annual POW-MIA Recognition Day to be held in Cottondale, AL

The annual POW-MIA Recognition Day will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the VFW Post 6022, 7001 University Blvd. E. in Cottondale. VFW Post 6022’s ceremony will feature the dedication of the “Missing Man” table, with place settings for one and an empty chair. Also, a local Junior ROTC color guard will present the colors, entertainer Terry Turner will sing the national anthem and other patriotic songs and “Echo Taps” will be perform by two trumpeters from the University of Alabama’s School of Music. The ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, call the post at 205-553-8040.



Sept. 19, POW/MIA Recognition Day, is a day to recognize the men and women who are currently listed as missing and unaccounted-for, and their families who continue to burn the candle of hope.

The VFW is dedicated to obtaining the fullest possible accounting of all of our missing and prays that all the families of the missing will one day welcome their loved ones home from war.

More than 83,000 Americans are currently listed as missing and unaccounted-for, dating back to World War II. The VFW will never rest until our nation has obtained the fullest possible accounting of all of our missing.

VFW leaders will continue to travel to Vietnam, Moscow, the People’s Republic of China and beyond to actively assist our government with the most humanitarian of all humanitarian missions.

A veteran is a veteran, regardless of the color of uniform or the flag they saluted.  Now let us work together to bring closure to the families who continue to wait.

Learn how the VFW is working toward the fullest possible accounting of all military service members from all wars.



National POW/MIA Recognition Day, September 19, 2014
Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Kittyhawk Chapter 751-sponsored POW/MIA Coin


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VVA Texarkana Area Chapter 278 27th Annual POW-MIA Vigil 8-29-1
May 24, 2014 Danny Beauchamp, Designated-Next-of-Kin for LCDR  Roderick B. Lester, USN, still missing since his incident 8-20-72, shared photos that were taken just recently as the final preparations of the grounds of the former BUPERS facility are being prepared to become part of Arlington National Cemetery, next to the US Air Force Memorial, overlooking the  Pentagon and the Potomac River.
Groundbreaking for expansion of Arlington Cemetery near AF Memorial Ground for Arlington Cemetery expansion (756x800)
AMVETS Hayward Post 911 VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATION EVENTAMVETS Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Year Vietnam War & Veterans Commemoration event on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, 2014, to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as Prisoner…s Of War (POW), and the families of those listed as Missing In Action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States. This event will be held at Lone Tree Cemetery at 24591 Fairview Avenue, Hayward, CA from 1:00 to 2:30. Honor Guards from AMVETS, VFW and American Legion will present the colors, including the Vietnam Commemorative Flag; there will also be a rifle salute and will conclude with a flag retirement ceremony led by the Boy Scouts.

AMVETS Post 911

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Honoring POW/MIA Personnel  -  Bill Would Establish Commemorative Chair on U.S. Capitol Grounds

On February 27, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA)  introduced bipartisan legislation to honor America’s POW/MIA’s.  The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act S.2053 will honor all US personnel unaccounted-for from our Nations’ past and present conflicts. The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act (S.2053) would direct the Architect of the Capitol to place a commemorative chair bearing the POW/MIA logo in a prominent location at the U.S. Capitol. This chair would remain unoccupied to serve as a reminder of the ongoing challenge of accounting for America’s still missing and unaccounted-for and in recognition of their sacrifices for our nation. The POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act is supported by the National League of POW/MIA Families, and veteran’s advocacy groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and Rolling Thunder.

Follow this link:  to find the information to contact your Senators to engage their support for  the POW/MIA Commemorative Chair Act, S.2053.

April 15, 2014

On April 15th 2014 the city of Lowell, MA will be dedicating a POW/MIA Chair just as many other Cities have done across the commonwealth. This will be a “sister City” event taking place over the course of the entire day. The event will begin at the Coffee Cann café in Lawrence at 1:00  p.m., then proceeding to the Lawrence City hall where Mayor Rivera will dedicate a duplicate chair in his City Hall at 2:30.  There will then be an escort from Lawrence to the Lowell City hall at which time we will also dedicate a duplicate chair. This event will be presented through Both City Mayors offices, The Rolling Thunder motorcycle group, Veterans assisting Veterans group, and the chairs to be donated by the Lowell Spinners.

August 9th, 2014

Rittman Run Postcard


 April 27, 2014

9th Annual Sweet-Ola Ride/Auction and BBQ

Sunday April 27, 2014

 Presented by Boise Valley POW/MIA Corporation, at the Triangle in Sweet, ID

All money raised will go to support the National League of POW/MIA Families to continue the fight to bring home our unreturned Veterans. Opening Ceremony starts at 1pm with presentation of POW/MIA Missing Man Table and keynote speaker Mr. Mark Stephensen, Treasurer from the National League of POW/MIA Families. Lots of nice items on the auction block. Advanced meal tickets $10 per person, or $15 the day of the event. Live and Silent Auction from 1:30-4pm. Live entertainment provided by Simple Ruckus. Until they are all home, “You Are Not Forgotten”! For more information contact 208-867-9105 or e-mail or visit our website at

Boise Valley 2014 Poster

March 29, 2014

On March 29, a ceremony will be held honoring Utah’s Vietnam Veterans with the signing of the legislation designating Vietnam Veterans Day in Utah by Gov. Gary Herbert. The program will be held in the Capitol Rotunda at 9:30 a.m. “Among those we want to honor are the Gold Star Families – families of those lost in the Vietnam War whose names are etched on the Vietnam Memorial at the State Capitol, and the families of those still unaccounted for; listed as POW/MIA.” Anyone having information about these families is asked to contact Dennis Howland, President Northern Utah Chapter Vietnam Veterans of America at 801-389-1893. Dennis Howland President North Utah Chapter Vietnam Veterans of America Ogden

 And the winner is….Dawn Dempsey from Dubuque, IA!

Dawn is the winner of the raffle for the Name the Character in a new book by Gerri Krotow.  Dawn has decided to honor her Grandfather, Charles G. Dempsey, a navy vet from WWII, as the character name in Geri’s book.   “I can not express how very excited I am about the opportunity of naming a character in your book to be released next year.  I plan on purchasing a copy for all of my siblings and their children, along with all of my cousins and relatives to my grandfather for the holidays next year.   This is such an honor to my family and to all veterans. “ Thanks to Geri and her editor Paula Eykelhof (Executive Editor, Harlequin/Mira Books) for the thoughtful donation of a character name to be use in the raffle.  And thanks to Dawn & everyone that bought raffle chances.   A Navy Christmas is due out in November 2014. To see other of Geri’s book or watch for this book to come out check out her website

Charles G. Dempsey

Donate $1 to the National League of POW/MIA Families and get a chance to have your name appear as a character in NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November 2014

Geri Krotow, author of the Whidbey Island Series, is auctioning off a chance to have your name as a character in her upcoming book NAVY CHRISTMAS, out November, 2014.  The raffle will start on Oct 1st, and the winner will be drawn on Dec 10th.  All raffle chances must be received before Dec. 9, 2013.  The drawing will be held at a Christmas POW/MIA fund-raiser in Dubuque, Iowa.  The winner will be notified and mailed an autographed copy of the author’s current book, Navy Orders, donated by the author.   Mail your name, address and phone number, along with $1 per chance, to Elaine Palen, POW/MIA Raffle,  2232 Suzanne Drive, Dubuque, IA 52002.  For additional information, email, with RAFFLE in the subject line. To see more books from Geri please check out her website at:

Complementary Tickets for Armed Forces Bowl

This is an opportunity for you, as family members of POW/MIA veterans, to receive complimentary tickets for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (BHAFB) Game, being held at the Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas  on December 30 2013. Bell Helicopter is one of more than 5,000 Partners of the 50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemoration Commission, and they have graciously offered complimentary tickets to this annual televised event.  By visiting their web site —, veterans, POW/MIA families and active duty personnel can request complimentary tickets. This event is also posted on the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration website –

 Veterans Day 11-11-2013

Veterans Day  in the Nation’s Capitol Chairman of the Board Ann Mills-Griffiths and Office Administrator Leslie Swindells (pictured in the East Wing Foyer) represented the League at the White House Veterans Day Breakfast.   Yes, our POW/MIA Flag was flying proudly over the White House (see photo).   In addition to veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1st Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan, senior military officers and enlisted representatives of all Services and veteran organization leaders, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Secretary of Veterans Affairs General Eric Shinseki, USA (Ret), were in attendance.   President Obama and Vice President Biden held a receiving/photo-op line concluding the event in time for all to reach Veterans Day ceremonies held at Arlington National Cemetery and across the region and nation. One such event, at the US Air Force Memorial, was co-hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Air Force Association (AFA).    Keynote speaker for the event was Lt Gen Stephen L. Hoog, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, preceded by remarks provided by retired Air Force General John A. Shaud, representing AFA, and retired Master Sgt Morgan Brown, AFSA.  The event was concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony and playing of Taps.

White House 11-11-13 Grand Foyer of the East Wing with Leslie Swindells 11-11-13   Air Force Memorial Lt. Gen. Stephen L. Hoog, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force  11-11-13retired Master Sgt. Morgan Brown from AFSA  11-11-13Wreath laying ceremony Air Force Memorial 11-11-13

July 26th, 27th, 28th 2013: Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association Motorcycle Rally (Pocatello, ID)

Come out and join the Pocatello POW*MIA Awareness Association in their annual Motorcycle Rally!  This year’s event features a keynote address by National League of POW/MIA Families member and Returned POW, LtCol David Gray (USAF, Ret.).  Gray served as a member of the Board of Directors for 20 years, most recently as the Vice Chairman.  Participate in various competitions and events and enjoy musical performances on Saturday with bands including American Hitman and Snake Bones.  To learn more about the Rally, events taking place, and accommodations, visit


June 11th – 14th 2014: National League of POW/MIA Families 45th Annual Meeting (Arlington, VA)

Each year, the League hosts an annual meeting that brings together a wide spectrum of US officials to update the POW/MIA families, veterans, and other Americans on efforts being made and recent progress on the issue.  The 2014 meeting will be held at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, from Thursday, June 12th through Saturday, June 15th.  Registration will be done in advance with forms being sent by mail after the first of the year.  Meeting credentials (name tag, materials, etc.) will be available for pick-up on June 11th after 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Crystal City. The meeting will again feature a boutique of items donated throughout the year such as jewelry, handmade items, quilts, scrapbooks, etc.  Funds raised directly benefit the League and donors will be provided a letter acknowledging their donation for tax purposes.