In war, no one is promised that they’ll survive. But every American service member, from every branch of the military and every generation, are promised one thing: they will not be left behind. Of the millions of service members our country sent to fight in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, there are still over 83,000 listed as Missing in Action (MIA).
Storyteller Original Films has created a ten-minute trailer for “A Solemn Promise, America’s Missing in Action.” The poignant documentary tells the story of the incredible lengths our country goes to in order to find and identify our warriors’ remains, and bring them home. The film also aims to raise awareness of the plight military families experience, often having no knowledge of how or where their loved ones were lost. The trailer can be viewed at www.storytellerfilms.tv.
At Storyteller Original Films, Writer/Producer Richard Jellerson is in the process of expanding the trailer into a 60-90 minute documentary that honors the missing, their families and the searches being performed by the Joint Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC).
The filmmakers join the JPAC searches, which are often hazardous due to the remote and dangerous locations. Once remains or evidence of them are found, they are taken to a lab for analysis. When the remains are identified, the MIAs are repatriated to be interred with honor and tribute on American soil. JPAC notifies any remaining family members so that they can be present at those services. All recovered remains are buried with a full Military Honor Guard ceremony, even if there is no family left.
The documentary will also feature educational information regarding the battles of the wars, including reenactments. There will also be interviews of family members, describing from their point of you what it was like not knowing the fate of their loved one, even all these years later.
The makers of the documentary are seeking Veteran non-profit organizations to partner with in order to complete their film and accomplish their mission.
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Military Connection: New Film on American POW/MIA: By Debbie Gregory