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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Education, Historical Organizations, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: For many years, people have asked what happened to the men captured or lost on the battlefield. For 20 years, we have provided answers, directions, information sources to answer that question. We can also verify claims of captivity. Our expertise is the Vietnam War.

Results: We are reaching our demographic.  Email queries and site visits continue to increase.

Target demographics: Veterans, activev duty personnel, law enforcement, historians, researchers, journalists, general public, familiesof the missing and captured, teachers, students.

Direct beneficiaries per year: We are able to provide answers or direction on most queries.

Geographic areas served: all

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Provide an invaluable service by keeping listings of fakes and POWs current. Very fast at getting new posts up. Excellent organization.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has worked on the POW and MIA issues since the 1970's. I have had the pleasure of asking Chuck and Mary on a number of issues both personal and evem more important on issues critical to our Soldiers and Sailors and Marines on the huge issue of the men possible left behind in our country's past wars. They have been a pleasure to work with and have never wavered in their dedication to our Country and it's Armed Forces.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thorough, complete and fast source for data. Their publications are equally good. Chuck and Mary are dedicated porfessionals who serve their user community well.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chuck and Mary do a superb job of running to ground and exposing those people who try falsely bring glory to themselves by dishonorably and fraudently portraying their alleged military service. They are personally responsible for identifying and exposing phony POWs, Medal of Honor winners, US Navy Seals and others. A number of those exposed had been fraudently receiving compensation from the Veterans Administration and other government agencies.

1 2ralacharternet

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the founder and past president of another non-profit organization, Freedom Fight, Inc. I have had several opportunities to personally meet Chuck and Mary. Their dedication to this issue is something you rarely find in non-profits. They have established a bond with former POW's, especially those from Vietnam who trust Chuck and Mary to expose phony POWs and support them unconditionally. They go above and beyond using many of their own resources to continue their mission. Any donation to them will be used honestly and to the full extent to help other veterans, expose phony veterans and to honor our former POWs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dear Reader, As a veteran I am so proud to have served my country and know that I don't stand alone. Pownetwork.org has helped me realize that I am not alone and others do care of our sacrifice or death. I only know the Schantag's by phone and or internet. However, they are great Americans that are holding the torch that many don't care about anymore. This is proof that we may not agree with what is going on and that we can make a difference, and have. I gain nothing materialisticaly speaking being affiliated with pownetwork.org. Without the grunt work of the supporters it would be difficult to show the truth or deception. I consider the Schantag's a true friend in this war against terror/deception.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mostly, I have referred others to the website for resolutions of possible violations of the Stolen Honor Law. In all cases of which I'm aware, the individual in question was not found to be legitimate. Responses from the website have been very timely. As a former POW, I also visit the website to update myself on various organizations, etc.

5 paul-galanti

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a veterans advocate, I constantly refer to the POW Network for its incredibly diverse research and expertise in a variety of subjects. In addition to being the foremost authority on post-World War II prisoners of war, they are ecumenical in their exposing of phonies from all branches. The POW Network through the diligent efforts of founders Chuck and Mary Schantag has made itself an indispensable tool for exposing those unscrupulous individuals who would ride the glory train without having earned the privilege.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site provides diligent and detailed information about phony Military personnel such as POW impostors. It also is a great site for anything about the Vietnam area POWs.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The POW Network leads the way in support of POW/MIA remembrance, in demanding a full accounting, and in uncovering those who fraudulently claim hero veteran status in order to receive benefits to which they are not entitled. Passionate and caring, yet tough and with uncompromising standards, the POW Network takes direct action to aid and assist veterans and encourage prosecution of criminal frauds. They were instrumental in passage of the Stolen Valor Act, which made such fraud a federal crime. Operating a lean organization, the Schantags put their heart and soul into their mission. Their passion is as self-evident as is their competence. The POW Network has helped me expose frauds, some of which are phenomenal in their audacity. They have been a wonderful source of information and an inspiration to me personally.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a registered paralegal and turned my life experiences into a tool to help with the vetting of wannabe's as an individual as well as, more oft than not, part of a group of volunteers, the later many times. I have also been involved with the PoW/MIA issue since the 1970's and was privileged to have the opportunity to meet and work with former PoW's who are ardent supporters of the PoW Networks efforts on behalf of former PoW's and the families of those listed MIA. You can visit some of those heroes here: http://hanoipow.ning.com In fine, it's the many working as one as volunteers and the seemingly endless hours Chuck & Mary Schantag are available for all who are seeking to be helped by their experience, at no cost to the client.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I met Chuck and Mary some years ago in Branson, as they were at an event called the Veterans Command Center. This was during the Veterans week in November. I went to look at all the military things they had and to support my stepson Jason as he was in the military. I began to speak with Chuck and Mary in casual conversation and soon realized that these people knew their stuff and were very dedicated to POW/MIA’s in all wars, and being brought up in the military (Navy) this was close to my heart and life's experience anyway. I started to talk about my father who served in WWII, the Korean conflict, built the station at the South Pole, and was involved in the early years of Vietnam. My dad was suffering from cancer, and the military in it’s infinite wisdom said that my dad could not get all the benefits he was entitled too because after he had retired after serving 24 years then went back into civil service. Dad served in Italy for another 10 years and because of that they said it was double dipping. Chuck and Mary helped my family not only get the benefits for this great man but help extend his life for a few more years. Not only did they help us in finding our way around and through the military maze they also helped us present seven medals to my father that have been trying to find their way to him. They had them presented to this proud Sea Bee at one of their Military Galas. You would have never seen a prouder man stand of when the Admiral (after talking about this Sea Bee) called for Master Chief Lekander to come to the podium and be presented his medals. My father, passed less then a year later but he remembered that night with pride. Since then Chuck and Mary have shown us compassion and dignity with honor. Their organization is beyond approach by any person or organization including any governmental agency. I am proud to say that they are my true friends, and they can ask anything of this military brat and I will try my best to live up to their expectations.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Experience with "POWNETWORK.ORG" I'm the Son of an M.I.A. Chuck & Mary Have helped get the word out as to what has happened to my Father; Vincent A. Scungio Major USAF, Missing In Action 4, Nov. 1966, in North Viet Nam. I have come to Mary many times for information not just about my Father, but to find out what happened to other POW's & MIA's. A few years ago I was at my Grand Parents home in New Castle Pa., my Aunt gave me a bag with the last dozen or so Original POW/MIA Bracelets with my Dad's name on them. Well I went through them & found a bracelet with another POW's name on it; CDR Robert Shumaker M.I.A. 2-11-1965. Mary led me to all the information about this American Patriot, then I wanted to know more, like how his bracelet made it into a bag with all of my Father's. Well I asked Mary to contact him & tell him my story, she did so & I got to talk with him & I found out that after he was released from the "Hoa Lo Prison" in Hanoi, he went back to his home town, same town my Father was from. Not only that but, when he returned to New Castle Pa. he went to my GrandParents home to speak with them. My Aunt that is still living told me about this day when he came to visit them. If I didn't know Chuck & Mary, and didn't have the access to their web site I might never have known the outcome of this story. Besides things like this, they expose these shameful people that claim to be POW's & Veterans, these wannabees Stealing the Honor of Our True American Patriots is one of wrost things anyone could ever do to dishonor Our Country & the Familys of True Hero's.

5 xarmy88

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Chuck and Mary several years ago and have come to know them personally. I can honestly say that I have never met anyone who is more dedicated to the POW/MIA issues, nor have I known anyone who is more knowledgable. They took a thought and developed one of the first(if not the first) Web Sites that the public could visit and get firsthand the status of a POW or an MIA. Including a Biography. Then, because of so many requests, Mary started helping people expose Phonies and Wannabees. Once again they were the first web site that not only exposed these lowlifes but created a special place for them on their web site for the whole world to see. So complete is their information that their site has been visited by government officials both foreign and domestic. This is because Mary spends countless hours updating the site. But it doesn't stop their, they spend a lot of windshield time taking this issue to the public and it shows. So complete and reliable is the POWNETWORK that they received the blessing of a congressional investigation into the exploitation of those who would use POW/MIA for personal gain.When it comes to dedication to the cause their just isn't words to describe Chuck and Mary. It takes a special kind of person to do what they do and they will always be special to me. Thank you for including me in your work. God Bless

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began my experience with the POW Network when I asked for their assistance in helping me to uncover the truth behind my Biological Father's claim to have been awarded a Silver Star during peace time. After a brief conversation with both Chuck and Mary Schantag about my Military and Law Enforcement background I agreed to go to work for them on a volunteer basis, something I never regretted. I have since developed an excellent working friendship with the Schantags. I then set up my own website which at a later point a client donated a free website to me because of his appreciation for the work we (the Network) were doing for the veteran community. The victims and complaints of crimes committed by these frauds were some of the best people I have met in my 15 years of law enforcement, wanting to do what it took to bring these vermin to justice rather than being too afraid to do so. And the other Investigators within the Network are definitely the best subject matter experts in their individual fields of expertise available. I am honored to have worked with every one of them, I learned a great deal from each and every one of them. I especially enjoyed working on the Paul Lemmen case which resulted in putting an individual who made his way overseas to Iraq under a civilian contract and took it upon himself to dress up as a US Air Force Special Operations General Officer based with the US Army Special Forces which he lied too and persuaded to allow them to take him with them on patrol with them to various locations throughout Iraq to meet with dignitaries from various other countries from the region that he persuaded to make contributions for various fictitious projects that had accounts he could access directly back in his hometown in the United States. With assistance from inside sources and a Media partner I was able to bring him to justice. Lemmen also claimed to be friends with a member of the Special Forces Group based where he operated his scams out of in Iraq that was Killed In Action. He went so far as putting up a website collecting donations in the name of the deceased soldier which infuriated the surviving family members, friends and Unit members of this soldier beyond words. Yet Lemmen still had the gall to show up at the funeral wearing his General Officer's costume which immediately drew the attention of the bonafide General Officers present at the ceremony including the father of the widow. It truly was fascinating case.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that helps promote POW/MIA accountability from our government, educates the public, and weeds out phonies that make a habit of claiming military service they did not perform. They have helped me out greatly by providing information needed to research military members for tributes on my own web site, and they also hold a Military Gala in Branson, Missouri, every year to honor our military veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped expose phony war heroes on occasion, and the one source I always seek out in order to do so, is the POW Network dot org, non-profit. They have the best records on not only phony war heroes, but real war heroes as well. They emphasize the sacrifice of our nation's missing, but they also equally protect the unparalleled valor of our nation's heroes, by keeping their legacy as pure and unencumbered by fraud and deceit. They are always immediately available, selfless, and unbending in their efforts. I often wonder if any of them ever sleep. Their only frailty is that they should promote themselves more, but hey are too humble and too busy to brag on themselves. The POWNetwork.org gets my highest, most enthusiastic recommendation and endorsement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These folks give it everything they've got when it comes to exposing military phonies of all sorts. And they save the taxpayers beaucoups money when they expose a phony VA patient. They also play an important role in the political process at times, like when they recently exposed a town councilman in WI. He was forced to resign, because he had won election partly by claiming to be a Navy SEAL! And the women whose hearts are helped by the "outing" of scores of phony heroes are direct beneficiaries of the Network's efforts. Mary and Chuck Schantag are the best in the business.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have nouthing but praise for P.O.W. Network. They not only docuemnt all POW/MIA data but provide exceptional services in remembering our true heroes. The staff have always been courteous, helpful and prompt in responding to request for information. If you want facts, this is the organization to trust. I highly recommend P.O.W. Network to all. William B. Page Lafayette, LA A Vietnam Vet (1st Cav)