Missing In America Project
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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 - 1,641
Cremains Found - 9,769
Veterans Cremains Identified - 2,365
Veterans Interred - 2,127



                         
       Upcoming Events:

            
09/16 - OHIO - Full military honors funeral for 10-15 veterans at the Dayton National Cemetery.

09/17 - VIRGINIA- MIAP Experience - 2 Bus tours arriving at Quantico National Cemetery for the MIAP Experience and flag placement.

09/21 - VIRGINIA- 3rd annual poker run to benefit MIAP.

10/06 - VIRGINIA & WEST VIRGINIA - Six veterans and one spouse to be interred at Quantico National Cemetery.

10/09 - ARIZONA - Memorial Service for 4-8 veterans.

10/10-12 - CALIFORNIA - BBQ cooking for Police Motor entrants and Remembrance Ride – Redding, CA.

10/11 - ARIZONA - Full military honors funeral will be held at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

11/05 - CALIFORNIA - Memorial Service for 6+ veterans at Northern California Veterans Cemetery (NCVC) at Igo.

11/07 - FLORIDA - Full Military Honors service for 20-25 unclaimed veterans at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.

11/08 - CALIFORNIA - Shasta Lake Veterans Day Parade entry. Prelude to Parade with Flags and Rubber Duckies.

11/11 - CALIFORNIA - Veterans Day Event at NCVC. MIAP cooking for all workers, staff, CCC, School bands, and Veterans Home Residents.
 
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: 08/27/2014