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Missing In America - Veterans Recovery Program
March 11, 2010

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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Escort service, fundraising, and anything else needed.