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 - 1,990
Cremains Found - 13,385
Veterans Cremains Identified - 3,112
Veterans Interred - 2,790



                         
       Upcoming Events:
            
07/20 - CALIFORNIA (Redding): Facilitated Movement for 12-15 unclaimed veterans to NCVC for MIAP Memorial Service.

07/23 - CALIFORNIA (Redding): Facilitated Movement for Street Royalty Riders Memorial Run for Ross Heffen from Cycle Gear to Anderson River Park via I-5.

07/23 - VIRGINIA: 2016 Benefits Open House at Quantico National Cemetery.

07/28 - MISSOURI: MIAP Memorial Service for 11 unclaimed veterans at Jefferson Barracks National Veterans Cemetery.

08/05 - CALIFORNIA (Redding): 0900 hours Unload food and equipment at NEED Camp at Wiskeytown for "CAMP FOR LIFE".

08/11 - CALIFORNIA (Redding): 0900 hours MIAP Escort Riders depart from NEED Camp to Salt lake City.

08/13 - CALIFORNIA (Redding): 1000 hours at NEED Camp to load and exit camp; "Camp for Life" completed.

08/13 - UTAH: Full military honors funeral for 18 veterans at Utah Veterans Memorial Park.

08/15 - MONTANA: Full military honors funeral for 5 unclaimed veterans at Ft. Harrison VA Cemetery, Helena Montana.

08/18 - WASHINGTON: Three seperate escorts of 60 unclaimed veterans and spouses to the State Veterans Cemetery at Medical Lake.

08/24 - VIRGINIA: Full Military Honors service for 2 unclaimed veterans at Quantico National Cemetery.

08/29 - CALIFORNIA (Mt. Shasta): Facilitated Movement for Dennis Salanti, US Army, retired Police Chief of Dunsmuir CA., brother of Fred.

09/13 - WASHINGTON: Full Military Honors service for 60 unclaimed veterans and spouses at State Veterans Cemetery, Medical Lake, WA.

09/21 - MISSOURI: Linda Smith to give MIAP presentation at a Naval Reunion in Branson.

10/15 - S. ARIZONA: Full military honors funeral for 17 veterans at the Southern Arizona Veteran's Cemetery in Marana.

10/26 - N. ARIZONA - Full military honors funeral for 8 veterans at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.
 
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. 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 nationís 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: 07/20/2016