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When my son was deployed to Kuwait in September 1996, I was devastated. I feared for my son. I feared never seeing him again, despite the news reports of calm in the Middle East. It is a fear that lingers, whenever I read the news and hear of the ongoing problems in the Middle East, I wonder: will my son be sent again? If he is sent: will he come home?

Fortunately, my son returned home to celebrate Christmas with our family that same year. Unfortunately, the same thing cannot be said for thousands of men and women who left their country to fight in Vietnam: they are still listed as Missing in Action.

For those of you who may be too young to remember the Vietnam Crisis, let me give you a brief explanation:

In 1963, Diem, the leader of Vietnam, was overthrown and killed in a coup, which had been launched by his own generals. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson, in fear of the spread of Communism throughout South Vietnam, began dispatching U.S. troops to South Vietnam, authorizing intensive bombing of North Vietnam. The Communist were adamant in their attempt to control the entire country, refusing to abandon their struggle, this led to the Johnson Administration's negotiation of a settlement in 1968. American troops were to be slowly withdrawn from the area. President Richard Nixon continued Johnson's policy when he took office. In 1973, the war temporarily came to an end with the signing of a peace agreement. This agreement collapsed in 1975, when the Communists decided to launch another military attack. Within six weeks, the Communists had taken control of Saigon.

More than 58,000 American men and women were killed, taken as Prisoner's of War (POW's) or declared Missing in Action (MIA's). After the signing of the Peace Agreement in 1975, 143 POW's were released. Another 444 were released in the early weeks to follow. This means more than 2000 people are still unaccounted for. The question as to whether they were truly lost and deserve to be listed as Missing in Action, or they remain Prisoner's of War, lingers on. Refugees fleeing Southeast Asia have come to America with reports of Americans who are still held in captivity. The U.S. Government's official policy on the issue admits only to the "possibility" that Americans remain as captives in Southeast Asia.

It is time we, as American citizens, demand to know the truth. We must unite! Stand up and be heard! If our men are still alive in Vietnam we need to bring them home now!!!

On the following pages, you will learn of men and women who are still listed as MIA's. You will also learn what you can do to help convince our Government to FINALLY SEEK THE TRUTH AND BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME!

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