Missing In America Project
"It's The Right Thing To Do!"
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Why We're Here
The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. To provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

Working Together to Accomplish Our Goals
The initial focus of the MIA Project will be a massive, nation-wide effort to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans. This task will be executed through the combined, cooperative efforts of members of the American Legion, other volunteer service and veteran organizations, local Funeral Homes, State Funeral Commissions, State and National Veterans Administration Agencies, and the State and National Veterans Cemetery Administrations. Local, state and national laws must be followed in the identification, claiming process and proper interment of the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans.

Our Progress to Date

Total Funeral Homes Visited - 1,720
Cremains Found - 10,685
Veterans Cremains Identified - 2,521
Veterans Interred - 2,306

       Upcoming Events:

03/05 - ILLINOIS: Full military honors funeral at Camp Butler in Springfield.

03/05 - PENNSYLVANIA: Full military honors funeral at Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

03/14 - WASHINGTON: Escort and full military honors funeral at Tahoma National Cemetery.

03/15 - VIRGINIA: "Polar Bear Poker Run" Fund Raiser.

03/25 - N. ARIZONA: Full military honors funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

03/28 - S. ARIZONA: Full military honors funeral at Ft Huachuca National Cemetery.

04/10 - VIRGINIA: Full military honors funeral for six veterans at Quantico National Cemetery.

04/18 - VIRGINIA: Brotherhood of Honor MC's "Blessing of the Bikes" Fund Raiser for MIAP. (see Flyer in Announcements or Calendar)

04/18-19 - TEXAS: Military Forces Open House and American Heroes Air Show.

04/30 - VIRGINIA: MIAP Lecture Series at Prince William County Historic Preservation in Manassas.

05/09 - VIRGINIA: MIAP and Hands of Rescue MC joint Poker Run.

05/21 - PENNSYLVANIA: Full military honors funeral at Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

05/25 - VIRGINIA: Memorial Day Service hosted by MIAP at Quantico National Cemetery.

06/06 - VIRGINIA: Vietnam Wreath Laying Ceremony at Quantico National Ceremony.

06 - TENTATIVE (2nd or 3rd week of June): Arlington II “Sea to Shiny Sea”.
Check the Announcements and Calendar pages for more info on some of these events!

Missing in America Project
Veteran Recovery Program

You served your country through a war, or through peacetime. You expected to receive a military burial, recognition by our government of your commitment to our great country. You expected to have honor and respect paid to you as a result of your service to our great country. Instead, you reside on a shelf in a mortuary or a storage facility at a crematorium.

The mission of the MIAP project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. These forgotten veterans have served our country and, as such, deserve to be buried with honor and respect. The impetus for our fine program began in November 2006. The Idaho State Veterans cemetery interred 21 cremains of forgotten veterans, with full military honors and the dignity these fallen heroes so richly deserved. Recently, a state hospital announced that 3500 cremains were on shelves to be identified. (The link to the newspaper article is: http://tinyurl.com/2xrx9u). On the shelf were cremains for the time span of the 1890s to 1971. It is estimated 1,000 of these cremains are veterans. This is happening in every state.

This project has just begun. We need to blanket every mortuary and cemetery in the United States and let them know there are people who desire to claim our veterans. We need to let them know it is our desire to see they are interred with the honor and respect they deserve. They served our great nation. It is now our great nation’s turn to serve them.

The veterans languishing on shelves need us. They need America to step forward and ensure they are buried with honor. They need America to show their thanks for their service. Without them, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today.

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Updated: 03/04/2015