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Military Connection: New Film on American POW/MIA: By Debbie Gregory

A Solemn Promis

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.

For more information about the film or to ally with the makers of the documentary please visit www.storytellerfilms.tv or email [email protected]

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: New Film on American POW/MIA: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: National POW/MIA Recognition Day: By Joe Silva

powmiaToday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States.

In 1979, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution that authorized a national day devoted to the American Prisoners of War (POW) and personnel who went Missing in Action (MIA).

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is not a federal holiday, but is intended to be a national day of observance and recognition for the service members who were held captive, and the ones who never made it home. Since 1986, National POW/MIA Recognition Day has been held on the third Friday of September.

It is no secret that current and former members of the U.S. Military hold their traditions and oaths to be sacred. Anyone who has ever donned amilitary uniform has put themselves at risk of injury and death for the oaths they swore to uphold. One of the promises that service members hold most sacred is the one they make to their brothers and sisters in arms, to never leave their comrades behind.

On this day, we are asked to observe and recognize the sacrifices made by 83,193 Americans who remain unaccounted for, and the thousands who were captured by enemy forces.

In World War II, more than 130,000 Americans (military &amp, civilian) were taken as prisoners of war, and there are still 73,539 Americans listed as MIA from that war.

More than 7,100 Americans were taken as POWs during the Korean War, and 7,881 are still listed as MIA.

Approximately 800 Americans were captured during the Vietnam War, and 1,641 are still listed as MIA.

There are also 126 Americans who are listed as MIA from military operations during the Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All of these brave souls are remembered and honored for their sacrifices in service to their country, and for the promise that couldn’t be kept to bring them home.
Please take a moment in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: National POW/MIA Recognition Day: By Joe Silva