What can I do to help?
The fact that you want to help out is a great step. The first step is to adopt your own POW, MIA, or KIA-BNR. One way is to adopt a POW/MIA through OJC, which is what I did. The next step is to build a remembrance page for your adoptee with the information provided to you; both organizations have site builder tools and tips.

Then, learn as much as you can about your adoptee. Task Force Omega, Inc., generally has more in depth bios than those sent [from POW Network] when you adopt your person, but the site does not contain bios for all POWs, MIAs, and KIA/BNRs. If you type in the person's name in a search engine (use quotation marks), you will be able to find other tribute pages and other sites that have information about your person. Often times, there is more information than you originally had, and knowledge is power. Make sure that you get permission and/or give proper credit for the source from where you obtained your new information.

The next step is to get word out. Tell your friends and co-workers about your person, so they to will know and remember. Write your elected officials and remind them about the sacrifices these warriors made. The final step ? Never forget. Always remember that a man is not dead until he is forgotten.

Other good sources for information, generally from people who knew your POW/MIA, or are acquainted with his story, include thevirtualwall.org and virtualwall.org.




I don't have a website; what can I do to help?
You are just as valuable and can help as much as the people with websites. Writing letters is the biggest way to help. If you don't have your own adoptee, write to your elected officials regarding one (or more) of the persons you have read about online. Purchasing POW/MIA logo items is another way to spread the word. You can get t-shirts, window decals, bumper stickers, patches, lapel pins, and much more. Chances are, people will ask you about the POW/MIA logo, and you can spread word about the plight of those still unaccounted for. While you're at it, why not buy a POW bracelet ? You can get one for POW's/MIA's/KIA-BNR from Korea and Vietnam. As long as there are people to remember and to share the stories, these heroes shan't be forgotten.

Here are a couple of places from which to purchase items: The National League of POW/MIA Families, POWFOIA's gift shop.




I have a POW Bracelet; how do I learn the person's fate?
POW Network's website has a list of all persons listed as POW, MIA, or KIA/BNR following the end of the Vietnam War. There are notes to indicate whether or not the person has returned (alive or dead), and will give dates for the person's return (and remains' identification, if applicable). In some instances, you can find more information (such as articles or press releases about a returnee) at Task Force Omega, Inc..




What else can I do?
Show your pride in America. Join sites like USA Patriotism which help foster pride in America in various manners. Honor our heroes. Say thanks to veterans when you see them. Attended events geared towards veterans, whether it be Memorial Day services, Veterans Day parades, welcoming home troops, or any other similar event. The veterans who have returned are just as important as those who have not, and they need to know it. America. It's our country. We need to show we love it and we need to start showing our love by showing our support to those who fight for its freedom.