Our Progress to Date

2,398

Funeral Homes Visited

20,589

Cremains Found

4,882

Veterans Cremains Identified

4,524

Veterans Interred

Missing In America Project

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.

The Missing in America Veterans Recovery Program (MIAP) (EIN: 20-8408832) is a Federal recognized Non-Profit Veterans Organization for the identification, location, verification, and movement of Veterans and their Dependents.

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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.

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CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Dignified Transfer & Memorial Service, TX

FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES MINIMIZING GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE, THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONVENIENCE.  WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU WHEN THE SERVICE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED.
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, (Tentative) Texas MIAP Reps and Escorts Travel to Amarillo Texas (Meals on your own) 
     1730 - Dignified Transfer of Veterans to Coach
     1745  - Kickstands Up (LEO supported) Escort to Panhandle War Memorial
               4101 Georgia St. S., Amarillo Texas 79110
     1800 - 1845 Memorial Ceremony
Rest Overnight
          Block Rooms being held under "MIAP and PGR" (make own reservations)
          La Quinta Motor Lodge
          2108 S. Coulter St. 
          Amarillo, Texas 79106
          806-352-6311
          Cost $54.56 + Tax, mention “MIAP and PGR” 
 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 (Tentative)
     0600 - Staging (Meals on your own)
                Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services
                4207 SW 21st Ave
                Amarillo, TX 79106
                https://goo.gl/maps/HDipr41xCz4WTy9a9
     0630 - Pledge - Prayer 
                 Escort Riders Safety Briefing  (If you miss this briefing 
                 see a RC before joining the procession)
     0645 - Dignified Transfer of Veterans to Coach
     0700 - Kickstands Up (LEO supported) to Kerrville, Tx
                This procession will cover 445+/- miles and take approximately 8
                 hours to complete.  Normally we will partner with North Texas, 
                 West Texas, Central Texas, and San Antonio Texas Patriot Guard
                 Riders to accomplish this mission.  There will be 3 fuel stops as well 
                 as a Lunch stop  to be announced (TBA) and Law Enforcement
                 Support as we negotiate through "Small Town USA". 
+/- 1800 - Arrive in Kerrville, Tx
                  Location TBA
     1830 - Dignified Transfer of Veterans to be guarded overnight
                (Dinner on your own)
Rest Overnight 
          Block Rooms being held under "MIAP and PGR" (make own reservations)
          La Quinta Motor Lodge
          1940 Sidney Baker Street
          Kerrville, TX 78028 
          (830) 896-9200
          Cost $55.00 + Tax, mention “MIAP and PGR” 
Friday, April 3, 2020
Breakfast on your own.
     1130 - Staging
                 Location TBA
     1200 - Pledge and Prayer
                Escort Riders Safety Brief (If you do not attend this briefing, 
                see a Road Captain before joining the procession)
     1215 - Dignified Transfer of Veterans to Coach
     1230 - Kickstands Up (LEO supported) Escort to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
     1415 - UTC Arrive at Main Pavilion, South side, 
                Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
                1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd 
                San Antonio, TX 78209
                https://goo.gl/maps/gUF9rUQh1toY6MZm9
     
Memorial Services Conducted by the Texas MIAP Coordinator, Joyce Ferguson, and Assistant State Coordinator Clyde "CJ" Rowell.  Upon (MC) Mission Complete, Short Debriefing, Prayer, travel home on your own!! BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!
 
Additional details such as lunch and fuel stop locations will be provided as they are confirmed.  Safety concern, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO JOIN THE PROCESSION IN PROGRESS ON THE ROAD.   JOIN AND DEPART THE PROCESSION FROM A SCHEDULED STOP AND ATTEND A SAFETY BRIEFING BEFORE JOINING!

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 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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