I have been involved with MIAP for over a year and have found the cause to have no political agenda other than to simply do the right thing on behalf of living and deceased veterans and their families. The mission is simple: locate the unidentified and unclaimed cremains of veterans in order to give them the honor, respect and military burial they deserve. I participated in the MIAP escort to Arlington National Cemetery (May 2009). I witnessed and participated in a "mission" that showed me the heart and soul of this nation as ordinary citizens showed their respect to 3 fallen heroes. People understood what this mission was about. It showed in their actions whether it was standing on a freeway over pass in the rain and dark holding a flag; a girls softball game that came to a standstill as the girls took off hats and placed them over their hearts; law enforcement providing escort or simply standing at attention and rendering a salute; a solitary figure standing at attention in a field holding a flag. In every state we saw incredible displays of respect. It was a statement that our fallen veterans have not been and will not be forgotten. It was an emotional, spiritual and honorable journey on behalf of Dunn, Mays and Callahan. As Fred would say, "they deserved nothing less." This is the heart of MIAP.. The desire to do what is right on behalf of fallen veterans who have been abandoned but not forgotten. MIAP has provided escort for two heroes this week in Redding. MIAP has a bi monthly service nest week (March 10th) for veterans who have been laid to rest without family or military honors. We will provide the military service and the honor they deserve. It is truly a privledge to be involved with MIAP.. Respectfully, Mark Boehle
Last year, I rode with Missing in America Project (MIAP) as a photographer on the trip to Arlington that made national and world news. I was deeply impressed with what I saw, the respect that these MIAP riders had for the soldiers we were transporting; I was moved by the stories of each soldier we buried - what they gave so that we might have a better life today. I was also impressed with the volunteers that I worked with, their dedication to the cause and their personal stories about being vets and working with this under served population. It opened my eyes to the hidden world of the veteran, all too often forgotten and overlooked once they leave the service or come home. MIAP makes sure that no one is ever forgotten. MIAP's accomplishments are just astounding and I don't know of any other veteran group that can claim to have raised veteran awareness quite like this. My assignment ended last year but I still am doing what I can to promote this wonderful cause.
I have located 8 forgotten heroes, identified them as Veterans and given them the Military Funeral with Honors that they were promised. It has been the most rewarding experience that I have had, I was honored to do this and will continue to do what I can do to find those Brothers and Sisters still out there in cardboard boxes sitting on shelves gathering dust. I have participated in several other services and am the MIAP Newsletter Publisher
finding vetrans cremains and giving them their just due by bury them with honors is very moving . I have worked with the group for about 3 yrs ,from calif. to nev. and ore. plus riding with them across the u.s. to arlington and . no better people have i had the honor of serving with Indian Dave Woodcook
I am a volunteer with the Missing in America Project. I have been associated with them for about 2 years. I have been to funeral homes and also on a cross country trip to Arlington Virginia to bury 3 heros. There could be no greater group to get involved with. It is an honor to stand with and around these heros.
I've been attending MIAP events for about 2 years now. I think the most memorable event was riding up to Oregon and attending the burial of more than 10 recovered veterans and seeing the large turnout of folks from both states.
The integrity and honor that all members and volunteers showed was incredible. Many have been in the military, and even those who were not understood what it meant for these remains to be placed here at ANC. Even through the many miles it took to ride from California to DC, they rode for one common goal. I met with most who rode or came, and the common "brotherhood" and love that shown through was incredible. I am glad to know that while we as young soldiers stand on the frontlines, there will always be those who stand behind us and look out for those who went missing along the way whether it be out there or here in our own back yard.
I am a menber of the Missing in America Project and feel that the fantastic job it is doing needs a lot more surport both from veterans and all others schoud surport it.