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As you read through the next few pages, please keep this in mind: these men left their homes, their families, their friends, their jobs, schools, classmates, etc., in the '60's, thirty years ago. They have been listed as missing in action for twenty nine years.

How would you feel if this was your family member, your husband, your son, your brother, your grandson, your father? Would you not want to know his fate? Would you not feel more at ease to finally be able to lay your family member to rest on the soil he, more than likely, lost his life protecting?

There are steps you can take to help finally put to rest the uncertainties which the families of these men face. The best thing you can do is write your Senators. Ask them what is being done about the men that have been left behind. Ask them what they plan on doing to fix this crisis which they have allowed to develop, fester and grow. And while you are at it, question your Senators as to this report from the New York times:

From The New York Times -- December 7, 1997

Gulf War's First U.S. Casualty Leaves Lasting Trail of Mystery By TIM WEINER

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Four years ago, a hunter looking for wild game in western Iraq stumbled across the ruins of an American fighter jet. It was the missing Navy F-18 piloted by Lieut. Comdr. Michael Scott Speicher, the first American lost in the 1991 Persian Gulf war, and the only one whose fate remains unknown. The Pentagon, alerted by the hunter, sent a spy satellite over the crash site. It "detected a man-made symbol in the area of the ejection seat," Pentagon documents say.

Some senior officers thought Commander Speicher might have survived the crash. They said they had a moral obligation to bring him back, dead or alive, no matter how long it took. So special-operations soldiers planned a secret mission to scour the site for clues. Their chances of success were high, they said, and the risks of an Iraqi response very low.

But the Pentagon's leaders balked, fearing that the risks outweighed the rewards.

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Subject: Congress passes "Freedom From Information Act"
WASHINGTON, DC--Calling the unregulated flow of information "the single greatest threat to the emotional comfort and well-being of the American people," Congress passed the long-discussed Freedom From Information Act Monday. The legislation--a response to widespread public demand to know less about the realities of the world around it--guarantees citizens protection from unpleasant information and imposes tough new restrictions on facts that federal authorities deem potentially damaging to the public's overall peace of mind.
"What good does it do people to know that, for example, migratory killer bees are due to arrive in Los Angeles this spring?" said Sen. Daniel Coats (R-IN), a key proponent of the bill. "I don't want to know that a majority of adult males have had more than one homosexual experience, do you? I also have no interest in knowing how widespread mercury poisoning is; the statistics on gun ownership among inner-city youths under the age of ten; and the number of Kazakhstani nuclear warheads currently unaccounted for. Each day, more and more disturbing information encroaches upon the comfortable, illusory worldviews our country's middle- and upper middle class citizens have constructed for themselves. It is up to this nation's elected officials to stem the tide."
Passage of the new legislative package is being greeted with widespread approval. "With all the problems and stress of modern life already taxing people's emotional resources to the limit, the last thing we need is a lot of depressing information dragging everybody down even more," said Greg Hill, an Edina, MN, lawyer and longtime advocate of federally imposed information limits. "People need to be shielded from the realities of the horrible world if they're to have any chance of getting through life in a pleasant manner."
Fellow anti-information crusader and Deerfield, IL, homemaker Jane Gernbaum agreed. "I don't want to specifically mention some of the offensive facts I've accidentally exposed myself to, but believe me, they were pretty harsh," she said from her upscale suburban home. "It's about time the government put a stop to them."
Much of the impetus for the broad-based information reductions came from parents' groups, which have long been concerned about the harmful effects facts about the real world may have on children.
"Kids have curious minds and are eager to learn," said Francine Walters of the What About The Children? Foundation. "This makes them susceptible to harmful information exposure. It's about time Congress finally did something to protect them from reality."
Last month, the calls for information safeguards for children grew louder, due largely to the highly publicized case of El Paso, TX, sixth grader Jeff Paulsen, who accessed information about the neighboring border city of Juarez, Mexico, from a Harper's magazine in his school library. According to attorneys for the Paulsen family, which owns controlling stock in several textile factories in Juarez, the boy had previously believed the city to be a thriving border town that enjoyed positive economic relations with the U.S. Severely traumatized after discovering that Juarez is actually a deathscape of unimaginable poverty, with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Paulsen became sullen and withdrawn.
"He kept saying, 'What's the point of going to soccer practice when all those Mexican boys and girls are dying?'" said his mother, Carole Paulsen. "The entire season was a complete wash. He may not even make the team next year."
Children are not the only ones in need of protection: According to an ABC News poll conducted last week, three in five U.S. adults claim to have a "strong personal fear" of information.
Among the facts cited as "too scary to think aout": the number of microscopic creatures living in the average person's hair; the likelihood of a future outbreak of a worldwide "superflu" pandemic; and the percentage of U.S. families in which father-daughter incest is never reported to authorities, continuing year after year in secrecy.
Ironically, while access to information about such subjects will be heavily restricted by the federal government, polls indicate that Americans are most afraid of information regarding the federal government itself.
"I was so content in my belief that President Carter screwed up the hostage rescue attempt, and that Reagan came in to free the hostages his first day in office," said Frank Sims, junior partner in a Roanoke, VA, consulting firm and a racquetball enthusiast. "It wasn't until 1992 that I learned that the Carter attempt was actually sabotaged by the same shadow government operatives that backed Reagan's election and illegal arms-for-hostages trades. I can't tell you how much that bummed me out."
Under the new act, Americans will be protected from information about the Iran hostage crisis, as well as all other government blunders and/or questionable activities, including the U.S. Army's decades long Tuskegee syphilis experiments on black veterans; the number of times NORAD has been at DefCon 5 due to human or computer error; and the government's longtime support of Indonesian president Suharto, a dictator responsible for one million deaths in East Timor. Make no mistake about the Freedom of Information act and what Congress may have passed. The CIA declines to release their files about American POW/MIA's. It's done in a subtle fashion. Because of the priority that has been assigned, it will take 25 years or so ! Some priority !!
POW/MIA families are still denied full information and that's why the entire matter is being taken to the Court by Roger Hall, POW/MIA researcher and Activist.
J. David Murray
Chairman - POW/MIA Committee
New Jersey State Council
Vietnam Veterans of America

Date: Tue, 26 May 1998 15:57:26 -0500
From: Chuck and Mary Schantag
Organization: P.O.W. Network
While we were in Dallas at the Silver Anniversary Reunion of our Returnees, we met Monica Storz Lovell, daughter of POW Ronald E. Storz. While no bio was available for Ronald, she has offered to help write one, but asked a favor in return.
Her father was captured 4/28/65 and was killed in captivity. His remains were returned home in March of 1974.
She has never had one of her father's bracelets returned to her. She desperately hopes TWO can be found. She intends to wear one, and donate one to a POW exhibit.
Monica and her husband are wonderful people. Although their prayers were answered, and her father suffers no more, she has never forgotten the others yet to return. She is an activist for others while still hoping to fill in the blanks on her fathers cruel death at the hands of the enemy.
PLEASE check the drawers and jewel boxes - send through us - she will acknowledge receipt when forwarded.
Mary and Chuck Schantag
P.O.W. Network
Box 68
Skidmore, MO 64487-0068

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