Vet Cremains Update

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
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The Missing in America Project and VVA Chapter 357 will honor a special Vietnam Veteran on 31 MAR 2012 at 10 am in a Memorial Service at the Northern California Veterans Cemetery, located at 11800 Gas Point Rd., Igo, CA, 96045. The former Army SP4 became a casualty in 1967 at age 20 while a member of the 1st Cav Division (AMBL) in Quang Ngai Province, Ducpho District, South Vietnam. He was killed when the Medevac helicopter in which he was the door gunner was shot down. His missing remains were eventually recovered and a portion of them along with military photos and paraphernalia were kept by his fiancé at the time. After intense research and verification over 18 months by the Missing in America Project, he will join his peers at last. He will be buried with Honors and Respect in appreciation of all Vietnam Veterans to be honored that day. Questions regarding this MIA’s name and the Memorial Service should be addressed to Fred Salanti (530) 226-9900.
In related news a congressional bill would let the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs work with veterans groups to identify the remains of former service members and determine their eligibility for burial in a national cemetery. U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) co-introduced the legislation with Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK). Portman said 28 MAR that the bill is meant to help nonprofit groups, such as the Missing in America Project, obtain help from the VA to get identification information on deceased former service members without a next of kin. “Those who gave their life in service to our country deserve an honorable burial,” Portman said. “This bill is a step toward ensuring that eligible veterans receive a proper burial in a national cemetery and are given the respect they rightly deserve.” Linda K. Smith, a spokeswoman for Missing in America, which describes itself as a veterans recovery program, estimated hundreds of thousands of remains may be unidentified. “This bill is extremely important to the veterans,” Smith said. “The veterans need to know that if something happens to them, they will be found and given full military honors.” U.S. Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Twp., near Columbus, and Steve Stivers, R-Columbus, have sponsored companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
[Source: MIAP Notice 28 Mar & Dayton Daily News Barrie Barber article 29 Mar 2012 ++]

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