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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am the National Operations Coordinator for the Missing in America Veterans Recovery Program. I have been in the organization for several years and have located and interred a number of American Heroes. These ceremonies have always made me feel like I have helped accomplish something extremely important. This organization is one of the best and serves a purpose like no other.

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

obtaining volunteers, getting laws passed, organizing interment missions, negotating with funeral homes, database, obtaining veterans verifications, genealogy.

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

change nothing

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

It keeps me extremely busy

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

dedicated, friendly, patriotic

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

We could assist MIAP State Coordinators and National Officers in accomplishing the MIAP mission

Ways to make it better...

More of the volunteers were active.

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

Funeral Home Cooperation

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

We need more active volunteers.

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  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been with this organization since the very beginning as their web administrator and then National Chaplain and board member. I conduct funerals for the local area MIAP Veterans that are found and I made the trip across the U.S. from California to Arlington. I have never ridden with a more dedicated and honorable group of people. The only compensation these volunteers receive is the feeling they get knowing that they are doing the right thing.

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

giving final rest to 113 forgotten or homeless Veterans

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...

the dedication of the members to follow through and get the job done.

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

grow in leaps and bounds.

Ways to make it better...

the trip across the US to Arlington had more volunteers that could have afforded to go.

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

informing the public of the numbers of cremains sitting on shelves and getting laws changed to allow these cremains to be taken care of.

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

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  

10 people found this review helpful

I voluntered with MIAP from the very first in 2006. I have contacted and worked in several funeral homes that have over 100+ unclaimed cremated remains. At first you sort through the names looking for veterans and spouses. Then as you narrow the list down they start to become people again and you start calling them be their first name. This isn't weird, it is very personal. It changes your life, you start to have a different outlook about today and tomorrow. To locate and have our veterans properly buried gives me peace. I am a veteran and served in Vietnam and know what it is to not be recognised for your service. This is my way of giving back. Bud Thieme

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

escorting three veterans across our great nation from Sacramento CA, to Arlington cemetery and participating in the burial service of each.

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

not change anything at this time, things are working well for an organization that is only four years old.

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

the positive response from the general public when I explain what we are doing.

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

very giving people in their time and money.

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

do amazing things.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to focus on the task of locating veterans in funeral homes.

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

making more people and especially legislators aware of how many unclaimed veterans there are.

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

I truly have enjoyed meeting and working with all the people that have helped MIAP.

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  

2 people found this review helpful

I went coast to coast with this group to take a Medal of Honor recipient and two Silver Star veterans to Arlington for burial. It became a spiritual adventure as crowds gathered to honor these veterans and stand along roads and in towns to display flags and salute this journey. This is a daily activity for this group as indicated 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.

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

Being an intregal part of watching it grow in 3 years to bury over 632 abandoned unclaimed veterans

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

The patriotism and emotional connection with other veterans who assist in working on this project.

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

outstanding in that their belief is to simple provide the honor and respect due to a person who protected and provided us with the freedoms we now enjoy.

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

have representatives in every state with a budget to pay any fees and purchase a proper burial for these forgotten veterans. Purchase professional database access to find military history on abandoned cremains.

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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