New budget can't overlook POW/MIA issue

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New budget can't overlook POW/MIA issue
How the 2012 DoD budget will impact a full accounting ofall U.S. prisoners and war and missing in action is a concern of The American Legion. U.S. Navy photo

Assistant Director Freddy Gessner represented the Legion’s National Security/Foreign Relations Division in a Feb. 16 discussion with key members of the federal government about the impact of the 2012 DoD budget on national security and issues abroad. Particularly, Gessner addressed the topic of accounting for all U.S. prisoners of war and personnel missing in action overseas and the affect the new budget might have on those issues, which the Legion emphatically supports with several resolutions. Gessner will remain in contact with representatives of the Department of State and Agency for International Development who attended the meeting to ensure that the POW/MIA issue remains a priority throughout the new fiscal year.

Other items highlighted at the meeting include an increase in DoS and AID budgets, which will provide continued significant levels of funding for operations and assistance in Iraq and Afghanistan. Specifically, a focus will be made on improving food security and global health in those regions.

Additionally, support will be given to the president’s National Export Initiative, which promotes U.S. exports and economic growth. The budget will also help implement the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, an initiative that targets investments that foster economic growth, democratic governance abroad, innovations, sustainable capacity and mutual accountability. Per the budget, a multi-year initiative to strengthen U.S. expertise in its relations with strategically important countries will also continue.

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salfan

February 21, 2011 - 7:27pm

Thank you to the American Legion/ David Law Firm Freedom Car for running the POW*MIA logo on the new black paint scheme. Awesome looking!!

MPPMMSPO3

February 18, 2011 - 11:44am

I'm very glad to see the administration (of the A.L.) bring this topic up. I'm reading the book "A Tremendous Crime".. [sorry I cannot remember the exact title); It's all about how our government has looked the other way in our dealings with trying to recover Men and Women POW's/ MIA's. From satellite photos, sightings, etc., there is proof of some of our own being there, still alive. I'm sure there might also be some in China, North Korea, etc. I didn't have a 'stellar' Navy Carreer, however I did volunteer during a time when our fellow contrymen/women were protesting being there. I volunteered to serve and give back to my country, because it was ingrained in me that someone has got to payback our country for the Freedoms we have. Anyway, the book was written by a Senator or Congressman and another (Woman) person. Again, sorry for the missing details. We owe it to our these families to Find out in any certain terms where our loved ones are and bring them home; no matter the cost.

GARY WINK

February 18, 2011 - 3:40pm

AFTER YOU FINISH "ENORMOUS CRIME", READ "KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE", AND THEN "UNWANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE". IT WILL REALLY OPEN YOUR EYES.

jamyet24

February 18, 2011 - 5:07am

Great post, thanks for share.

GARY WINK

February 17, 2011 - 2:42pm

I HAVE BEEN STUDYING THE POW ISSUE FOR YEARS. I HAVE FOUND NO EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT OUR GOVERNMENT ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT ITS MISSING. EVERYTHING I READ TELLS ME THAT THE MOMENT AN AMERICAN IS CAPTURED, HE IS WRITTEN OFF AS KIA/BNR (KILLED IN ACTION, BODY NOT RECOVERABLE) BOWE BERGDAHL IS JUST THE LAST OF A LARGE NUMBER OF AMERICAN PRISONERS TO BE ABANDONED. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE, AND ONLY THE VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS, UNITED CAN CHANGE IT. WE NEED TO PASS A VERSION OF HRES 111, WITH VETERANS CHOSING WHICH CONGRESS MEMBERS SHOULD BE ON THE COMMITTEE. AT THE VERY LEAST, WE NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT TREATS ITS MISSING.

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