Korean War and Korea Defense Service Veterans Association, Inc. 
Department of Florida (DoF)

KWVA, Department of Florida POW/MIA Policy

Whereas: When the Korean War Armistice was signed effective July 27, 1953, our Prisoners of War were repatriated, albeit without much fanfare, and much of that negative, and

Whereas: Nearly 8,000 MIA American heroes were left behind in North Korea, again definitely without much fanfare, and

Whereas: Some of the remains of these MIA brothers have been returned; yet far fewer have been identified, leaving the balance still silent and scattered where they were deposited in the rocky soils of that violent and dastardly nation,

Whereas: As a viable Department of the Korean War Veterans Association, it is our duty to focus our full energies to do whatever we can to locate our lost brothers, bring them back, identify them and finally return them to their families where they can be properly and permanently remembered as the heroes they are, and to honor their memories.

Now Therefore, it shall be Resolved: that the Department of Florida, Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. does hereby establish its POW/MIA Policy to:

A.    Remain ever vigilant and aware of the fact that nearly 7,850 of our brothers still lie silent in North Korea

B.    Honor the memories of these lost brothers by:

1.      Remembering them at the outset of each KWVA Department of Florida Member Meeting with an appropriate remembrance. Provide leadership to all Chapters in the Department of Florida to likewise similarly recognize and honor these lost brothers at each of their member meetings.

2.     Regularly (at least once a year) write an official Chapter communication to all of the U.S. Senators and Representatives in our area asking them what they are doing to foster the return and identification of these lost brothers.

3.     Invite each of these Members of Congress to come to our Member Meetings to ex-plain what they are doing in this and in other matters.

4.     Ask each Department of Florida Chapters to contact their representative asking them the same question.

C.    Do whatever is possible to ensure that the memories of these lost brothers is not forgotten by:

1.      Actively endorsing a proposal by the late William “Bill” Allen to have a permanent POW/MIA Forever stamp issued—known as HR2794 (by U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis, Florida's 12th congressional district in 2013),  by contacting our members of Congress asking them to lend their full support to HR2794 to issue a POW/MIA Forever stamp. Ask each DoF Chapter and/or member to do likewise,

2.     Annually, on the third Friday of September each year, known in the United States as National POW/MIA Recognition Day, sponsor a ceremony, and/or invite all DoF Chapters to sponsor a KWVA POW/MIA ceremony wherever appropriate. Invite other Veterans Organizations to join with us, and make extra effort to publicize in local media.

D.    Ask the Korean War Veterans Association develop a strong POW/MIA Policy, and an active program that is publicized in Graybeards. Ask that they provide guidance to Departments and Chapters in the implementation of a viable and visible POW.MIA policy in all Department and Chapters throughout the US.

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Draft, Thursday, December 03, 2015, by tjthiel in memory of and respect for Ted Morford, Jr. and William “Bill” Allen, both recently deceased, and both of whom were especially motivated by the MIA issue. kwvathiel@gmail.com.