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VETERANS INITIATIVE

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A LITTLE PIECE OF YOUR MIND

MAY GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND

THE VETERANS INITIATIVE NEEDS YOUR HELP

 

WHAT IS THE VETERANS INITIATIVE?

     The Veterans Initiative is an historic effort which brings former enemies together to attempt to resolve the issue of those on both sides of the conflict who still remain missing from the war. By sharing information veteran-to-veteran, America's and Vietnam's veterans will be able to develop new sources of information which will resolve the issue.

WHAT DO WE HOPE TO GAIN FROM THE VETERANS INITIATIVE?

     The fullest possible accounting of American POW/MIA'S, with the highest priority being those Americans last known alive. Answers for American and Vietnamese families and veterans about the fate and location of those who died or are missing.

     The knowledge that in some small way each of us can help bring our brothers home. It is up to the veterans of the war to demonstrate our sincere desire to bring closure to this issue by working together.

     Peace of mind by letting go of the past.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

      You determine what information you want to share with us. So do Vietnam's veterans.  VVA will present the information you send to us to Vietnamese veterans organizations as a humanitarian gesture of good faith, in the hope that they will respond with information that may have about our missing.

WHAT KIND OF MATERIAL DO YOU HAVE IN MIND?

      Identity papers, film, and any documents taken from dead Vietnamese soldiers or captives. Original or sketch maps of gravesites and dates of action.

      Descriptions of incidents you may recall that could provide information about Vietnamese losses and American missing.

IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULDN'T SEND?

      Please do not send anything illegal or dangerous, such as explosives or captured weapons. Write down the type and serial number of the weapon and a brief description of how and where you came into possession of it, and send that to us. If you are in doubt, please feel free to call VVA.  (1-800-882-1316)

CAN I SEND INFORMATION ANONYMOUSLY?

      Absolutely. Many have already. We are not interested in how or why you did anything. We only want to know what happened. this effort is directed at healing and resolution, not blame.

CAN I SEND COPIES OF MATERIALS?

      Absolutely. Although original documents are the most reliable source of information, we urge you to send us the clearest copies you can. Many who have submitted material have said they were ready to get rid of it and the pain it has caused them all these years.

      The point is that we know things that were never written down in reports or other documents. We were on the ground where the action happened, and we may recall events and activities that never made it into official documents.

HOW DID THE VETERANS INITIATIVE BEGIN?

      The Veterans Initiative began as a POW/MIA resolution in 1989 calling on our veterans to turn over any material, memorabilia, photos, or other information they may have regarding missing Vietnamese.

      In 1993 a Congressional delegation and representatives of three veterans service organizations traveled to Vietnam on Memorial Day to evaluate the current progress on the POW/MIA issue.

      When top Vietnamese officials remarked that no one had helped them account for their over 300,000 war casualties, Vietnam Veterans of America offered to do just that--to go back home and ask American veterans to submit information on Vietnamese war casualties.

WHERE DO WE SEND THIS INFORMATION?

Vietnam Veterans of America

8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400

Silver Spring, MD 20910

for other questions e-mail bmaras@vva.org

 

THE VETERANS INITIATIVE PROVIDES THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BRING RESOLUTION TO THIS TRAGIC LEGACY OF THE VIETNAM WAR.

 

 

 

 

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