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Causes: Automotive Safety, Cemeteries, Disaster Aid, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: 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 forgotten hereos.

Geographic areas served: United states

Programs: Visited 217funeral homes; found 2,574 cremains; identified 584 veteranscremains; 1. 367 veterans interred.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.'

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 nite-train

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderfull organization that does a tremendous amount of work with little resources. All of the Volunteers I have been in contact with are dedicated to the mission and true patriots. More funding would go a long ways toward making sure all veteran's receive a proper burial.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I felt privileged to be a part of MIAP going thru Elko, Nv. last year taking three cremains to Arlington. Was such an honor to meet all the men and women who took part in this this great historic day Carol R. Scott " Lil Red" Public Affairs Officer POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association

1 DFWD

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved in the Grants Pass services, and made the trip to Arlingtion. I m so proud to be part of this group. To be able to pay the respect to the Veterans that has been long in coming. Thank You MIAP for letting me become a part as an escort rider. DFWD Oregon

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Northern California Veterans Cemetery and have had the pleasure of working with Fred Salanti. He is a remarkable man and the MIAP program he has started has been much needed. He has taken it upon himself to correct a long negelected problem. Hero's have been left languishing on shelves in mortuarys across America. Fred has made it his main focus to see that these men and women are buried with respect and honor. Some have been Metal Of Honor winners, the highest honor this nation can bestow upon a person. Every veteran Fred and his hepers find are buried with honor and treated with the respect they deserve. God Bless the MIAP!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have only attened one service at Igo, but it moved me to tears and made me proud that there are people out there who care about our forgotten veterans. I did not know the soldiers that were laid to rest that day and felt honored to attend such a beautiful service. The men and women of our military fight willingly for our freedom and should never be forgotten.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After attending a large service for 9 "found" veterans, I was hooked! I asked what I could do and was sort of given an area to check funeral homes for stored cremains. After that I got involved in their escorts of veterans from funeral homes to the Veterans Cemetery in Igo. I also participated in the "Honors at Arlington" mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Every Veteran deserves to have the highest honors available upon their death. After all this is the tradition of our military. My husband rides with MIAP and we both feel that what they do is honorable and right. We support them whole heartedly.

6 tail-gunner

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was with great honor and humility to have participated in two MIAP escorts. The first was the "Honors at Arlington" escort. We picked up the escort in Carlin, NV on May 21, 2009 and escorted them to Elko, NV. Our association held a ceremony and BBQ for the mission, then on Friday, May 22, we escorted the group to the NV-UT state line. The second escort, on August 28, 2009, was performed by our association with the assistance of the MIAP. This was Nevada's first escort and involved escorting the remains of five veterans from Elko, NV to Fernley, NV. As a patriot, being surrounded by so many veterans and other patriots while performing such a noble mission cannot be accurately described in words. I have never been prouder! Todd Scott aka "Tail Gunner" - Elko NV POW*MIA Awareness Association

4 Rev. Clark

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was informed that this Great Dishonor had been lingering for so long to so many I was Shocked and Immediately said "what can I do to Help"? To this day so many still haven't heard or did not pay attention to any of the information about this Tragedy. I like to think that WE all have been raised better than to let this to carry on. Every Volunteer from the Cemetery staff that do so much to accommodate us, to the Last Guard preparing to ride Off like a lone horse soldier as soon as the tears clear from his eyes, Have their Hearts and sense of Honor abiding in the appropriate order, Sense of Honor , Duty , Respect , Family, Justice, Volunteerism, Sacrifice and Love for a Brother or Sister who for whatever sad reason have left their Mortal Remains and no one has seen fit to Honor their sacrifice, This cannot continue !!! and yet every day a veteran dies and is put on a shelf with the others. We Need Money to Pay for the remains, Its just that simple, we can volunteer our time as well as money. From what I have seen none of us appears to be wealthy and thats why we need donations

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a member of two other veterans groups that assist vererans with funeral and food assistance. I first learned of MIAP about 1 1/2 years ago. Until that time I was totally unaware of the forgotten heros awaiting proper final honors and arrangements. I am now attending the honors ceremonies every other month at N. CA Veterans cemetary and am amazed each time of the large number that have been found during that short period of time. This is something that needs to be done on a national basis and expanded as quickly as possible.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Missing in America Project is the #1 priority established in honoring our lost veterans on mortuary shelves throughout the United States of America. This MIAP gives honors to those veterans whom were never remembered, mostly were foresaken and lost because knowone cared that they even existed. I encourage each American to get involved either by participating and paying your respects for these veterans in a ceremony or just giving support in anyway you can. Thank you MIAP members for doing Gods works. My family salutes you all and is forever grateful for how just one person can make a difference, one organization can make a difference, and that is Major Fred Salanti the Founder of the MIAP. This should encourage us all to know leadership still exists within our country as Major Fred Salanti says, "This Is The Right Thing To Do." God's Speed The Raffa Familia Greg, Joan, Shannon, Michael, Kevin & Joseph

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in several MIAP services. MIAP provides an invaluable service bringing abandoned remains to their final resting place. Without the intervention of MIAP these servicemembers would likely remain unnamed and abandoned on back room shelves and in sheds across the county. Their services are well planned and supported by the community, they reflect great honor and respect upon the Warriors being interred.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved in several Veteran support organization, I have found the Missing In America Project to be the most dedicated group of volunteers anywhere. The hours that are spent finding, processing and burying these forgotten American Heroes is staggering. The time and effort spent discussing and getting laws passed to support the MIAP's mission and get the Veterans their deserving end is overwhelming at times. The staff of the MIAP needs all the financial help and support they can get.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am writing to compliment our local MIAP group here in Redding, California and to include Northern California. This group is under leadership and direction of a very dedicated person, Fred Salanti. He never seems to tire and is at the ready to help, not only our veterans, the entire community. Hehas brought to light the needs of sometime forgotten veterans. James W. Gibson LCDR USN (ret)

7 jester57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of particpating with MIAP by escorting them thru Northeastern Nevada during their "Honors at Arlington" mission. Then a few months later, with their help we were able to take five of our unclaimed veterans from Elko, NV to the Fernley, NV for our first mission in Nevada. During both missions I have found them to be very professional and believe in what they do Lynn Scott "Jester" Jr. Vice Commander POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the program since its inception and it is a wonderful thing that needs to be done. At the same time there is a lot of work that needs to be done before we can bury the Veterans and a lot of it is political with lots of trips to the politicians in order to get laws that allows us to bury the Veterans. Just think how many Veterans wouldnt have had there due if not for the MIAP and how many wont get it if we dont continue our work??

7

Donor

Rating: 5

Initally Mr. Salanti briefed an organization that I was Chairman of the Board of. I felt an overwhelming sense of commitment to MIAP immediatly. As a Professional Soldier and Veterans Advocate, MIAP epitomized the most honorable and dedicated Veterans Program I had every seen. I have been honored on two occasions to participate in the burial of one of America's Heroes. They were experiences I will cherish forever. No man has the intellect, the courage, the leasership, and the honorable dedication to lead this MIAP than Mr. Fred Salanti. He has become my friend and one of my heroes. John E. Cleckner Sr. U.S. Army Special Forces Retired Veterans Advocate Political Activist

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.