Missing In America - Veterans Recovery Program

Rating: 4.9 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Veterans

Location: 500 Hidden Valley Rd Grants Pass OR 97527 USA

Mission: We assist in helping funeral homes identify cremains as veterans, spouses of veterans or children under 21 of veterans.  We coordinate the burial and military honors for all veterans.
Geographic areas served: United states

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am with the Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders MIAP Project and once we identify the Veterans I travel to the city/town they came from and get a copy of their Dishcarge papers so I can enter them on the WWII Registry of Remembrances, Army and or Navy Memorial Logs so they will be remembered for their service to America. When asked if I am a Family Member I reply that no one came for their remains so I guess we are Their Family. Always brings tears to the City/Town Clerks Offices eyes and they thank me for doing it. So many more to identify and bring home.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Finding and entering names on Memorials.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

FIND MORE

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

SOMEONE CARES ENOUGHT TO REMEMBER

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

KIND AND COMPASSIONATE

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

GET THE WHOLE COUNTRY INVOLVED

Ways to make it better...

I had more to do.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

GETTING INFORMATION OUT TO FUNERAL HOMES

One thing I'd also say is that...

AMERICAN CARES FOR THEIR UNIDENTIFIED VETERANS

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I have observed many MIAP services and they are very good. All display great concern, care and dignity in providing for their fallen comrades. The group strives to find all those abandon on shelves or forgotten in unmarked graves. It is definitely 'the right thing to do.'

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the camaraderie of both civilians and military in doing the right thing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Being a member of the Misssing In America Project I can honestly say the group, from the founder, Fred Salanti,to the Board Of Directors and officers and coordinators to the volunteers all are dedicated to accomplising our mission." Locate,verify military status, and inter with full military honors the unclaimed, cremated remains of our fallen heros.It's the right thing to do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide proper burial not only to veterans but to all unclaimed cremains

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My first experience with the missing in America project was meeting Rick Prioetti and he was telling about the starting up of the project, next thing I heard about was the honor to Arlington project which was totally overwhelling to me to think about all the work that went into getting this project together. I got more information and details on the Honors to Arlington through a Channel 7 news story my own Son did on the MIAP. Then we meet again at a Viet Nam Veterans of America State Council meeting in Fresno where Fred Salanti did a presentation on MIAP, listening to Fred and the passion in his voice about the project locked me in as a supporter and I encourage my V.V.A. chapter to support them with some funds. Being able to follow the ride to Arlington by internet was a genius idea and gathered more supporters along the way. What we are most proud and supportive of is the MIAP is a National project started in our own backyard Shata County. My next experience with MIAP was our chapters planning to celebrate The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration on Sat. March 27. The idea came up to do a Motorcade from the Vets hall to the Igo Vets Cemetery. I knew exactly who to contact...MIAP. I got in contact with Rick P and he talked to Fred and they did what I wished and expected them to do, they took the motorcade over as a MIAP project and that is one thing about the celebration we did not have to worry about, It was done! They have been to every planning meeting actually a few more than myself. MIAP is an asset to the County, Community and Veterans Community. Thank you M.I.A.P. Eddie McAllister Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 357 President 530-524-7504

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread their services through out the whole nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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I am not sure when I first became a supporter of the MIAP/Missing in America Project. But as time passes so quickly for me these days, I would probably be safe in saying it has been about 2 years. I know I became involved in the early days because I saw what they were doing as no less important than the soldier down on the field of battle, alive or dead, being dragged and carried back to his own line, by another, who lived/lives by the credo no man left behind. As hard as they try, some are still left behind and become what we call MIA’s. Those veterans, who return home from active duty, often come home with scars left from the “battle.” They sometimes drop out from productive life as those of us more fortunate, call it. And when they pass, often become the “MIA’s” in America. For whatever reason, they lie, unclaimed by anyone, on mortuary shelves in containers; some for many years. In my association with the MIAP, I have been honored to help many times, in the laying to rest of these “MIA’s.” They were lost, but not forgotten by the MIAP. May of 2009, The MIAP took three very highly decorated, veterans remains to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. We took them from Redding CA, then Sacramento, CA, to be placed in their proper resting places of honor. We escorted them in a motorcycle procession, with pride in the knowledge we were giving them the proper honors. No one in this organization takes any profit, we all give gladly of our time and resources to make this happen. The MIAP has become nationally recognized, and continues to locate veterans in need of “family” to give them their final honors. I hope people across this nation can help in this endeavor. Bert Stead MIAP Escort Rider Redding, CA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Services to the fallen and unclaimed. Escort to Arlington from Redding CA. changing laws in the nation, state by state to allow our organization and others to take custody of these veterans from the mortuaries so that they may be buried with honors.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to help it make a lot more in donations so that it could grow faster and solve this problem in every state.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I love the way MIAP cooperates with other veterans organizations to help them accomplish their goals. My most enjoyable project with the organization was the trip to Arlington. It reinforced for the entire group that what we do is right

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

... all dedicated, and wonderful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Not sure that I can answer this question...just reading it made me tear up. But it could certainly help us to train people to locat, the unclaimed, try to track down the family if any, and if not, get them place in a proper grave.

Ways to make it better...

My experience could not be better. Those of us who volunteer all agree that we are paid highly with the pride of serving.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

as with all non-profits...we can't sell enough hamburgers to grow as fast as the needs arise.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love my involvement in the MIAP, and will be a supporter until I personally pass over. But because of them I am sure I will not be unclaimed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The experience was unforgettable, amazing and unique in many ways! Eric and I, the photographers and medical support for the troops, we enjoyed the trip, created bond with the veterans and learned this group of people on very deep emotional level, how much they need each other, to share the memories, the feelings they have been hiding for years and their vast experience. We have gained unmeasurable knowledge about our past from first hand, we looked into their soles, we shared the pain and joy with them along the way. It was a rare opportunity for us and we thank you, Fred Salanti, MIAP for that! Read our book "Honors at Arlington" at blurb.com Larissa Browning and Eric Matchko

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional, professional, and kind

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build bridges to our lost and forgotten veterans

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Since becoming involved with this organization I have had the opportunity to serve the veteran community and observe the family reactions to what MIAP dces. This is an amazingly dedicated group who reaches out to do the right thing...because it is the right thing to do. The best of the best...that is MIAP!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Serving our Veteran community

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Unbelievably dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish nationwide training programs for our volunteers to better serve out Veterans

Ways to make it better...

I am not sure it could be improved. Additional funding is always needed to reach those who have not been served.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

A lack of consistent laws nationwide regarding release of remains to other than family members.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you want a role model...look up Fred Salanti. MIAP is largely the result of his passion and dedication.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Since being involved, I've seen the slow process of politics. Here in Colorado when the funeral homes were approached, they wouldn't even talk to us because of how the law was written. Even though the law stated "that the remains could only be released to a responsible party", the attorneys interpreted that to mean "only a family member". I had met and talked to Representative Don Marostica before, and approached him about getting the law changed. He was very helpful in getting this accomplished. About one year later the law was signed by Governor Ritter and took effect immediately. It now states "that the remains can be released to any Veterans organization", which we believe should be Ft. Logan. We have been trying for about one year now to get the funeral homes cooperation, but their lawyers are dragging their feet looking at it to make sure that they wouldn't be held liable in case of a law suit. We meet with the owner of one of the largest funeral Holmes here in Denver this week end to see if we can't get going on this. Hopefully the first time we can do an escort, and get some press coverage to help get the word out about MIAP. We have a scheduled service the second Saturday of each month that covers all of the unclaimed remains that come into Ft. Logan each month, so after the initial escort, and hopefully press coverage, these unclaimed remains will start to come in each month and be covered by this service, so they all get the Honors that they so much deserve. It's been slow but hopefully all of our efforts will pay off soon.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do wonders.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am very involved in Veterans issues in St. Johns County, FL. Myself and others canvassed the funeral homes in the ares, it was discovered that we had the cremains of a veteran that had not been claimed by his family. Thanks to the information supplied by the Missing in America Project, we were able to provide the honors due this veteran and give him a final resting place respectful of his service.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

How to handle cremains not claimed by family members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff is very knowledgeable about the process and extremely helpful. They want what is due for every veteran, and that is respect as a person.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have never met any staff personally, only by e-mail.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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I am the Commander of Hu Puus Witam Color Guard, Shasta County, California, consisting of American Indian Military Veterans from WW11 to date. Hu Puus Witasm Color Guard is dedicated to providing Military protocol and American Indian burial ceremonies at both Veterans Cemetaries and Private Indian burial grounds, MIAP people have recovered from mortuaries and brought to us cremains from WW1, WW11, for final/proper rites. Without MIAP we would not have known about our forgotten Native brothers and sisters. The Hu Puus Witam Color Guard of Shasta Co, Ca applaud the Missing In America Program founded by Fred Salanti et.,al. MIAP has found many of our forgotten so we can provide proper Mil & Indian final rites. Thank you MIAP. signed/ M. Gail Hawthorne, Comdr., HPWCG< Sha Co, Ca Vet, 9+ yrs US Army (Cold War/Korea Vet)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Military Burials of Native American (Indian) Vets from WW1, WW11, Korea

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide their program with additional/sufficient funds without their having to continually making aappeals for funds.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Taking care of our vets where others have failed

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cordial, most Cordial

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fulfil it's Mission Stastement, and no deceased Vet would be unaccounted for.

Ways to make it better...

Dificuls to improve on perfection at the time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Organizating without an operating budget

One thing I'd also say is that...

They would continue their program at the grass roots level with sufficient funding to get the task finished which includes all Morturary's contacting the MIAP for unclaimed Veterans remains. Clear their shelves of all Vets remains.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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