iFreedom Direct® special projects manager and 23-year Army Veteran, Tim Lewis, says, “We at iFreedom Direct® believe that the JPAC deserves the spotlight today for working under the radar since 2003 to bring our lost heroes home."
Salt Lake City (PRWEB) September 19, 2013
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is a time to remember Americans who have sacrificed in the name of freedom. iFreedom Direct®, a Salt Lake-based VA and FHA mortgage lender, devotes a POW/MIA Infographic entitled Until They Are Home in respect of these special heroes of war. The graphic showcases the efforts of one organization whose meticulous work has helped identify some 1800 war heroes previously classified as missing in action (MIA) or prisoners of war (POW). The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) is a task force within the United States Department of Defense (DoD) that helps in the painstaking recovery and identification of remains of our missing servicemembers.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is held on the third Friday of September each year. It has become one of six days annually that Congress orders the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The other days include Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Though the striking black and white flag has been around for decades, the National POW/MIA Recognition Day was just proclaimed by President Obama last year. It is an important day to remember those who are lost but not forgotten.
Families of MIA and POW may get some much-needed closure by contacting the JPAC. According to their calculations, over 83,000 Americans are still out there, and the organization pledges it won’t quit until they are home.
iFreedom Direct® special projects manager and 23-year Army Veteran, Tim Lewis, says, “We at iFreedom Direct® believe that the JPAC deserves the spotlight today for working under the radar since 2003 to bring our lost heroes home.”
Once remains have been found, they are brought to the JPAC’s state-of-the-art forensic skeleton laboratory -- the world’s largest of its kind, located in Honolulu, Hawaii. The JPAC makes about 6 recoveries per month and 72 per year. Once a hero has been identified, the family is informed that their relative or loved one is finally home and any personal effects are returned.
Living relatives of lost Americans can help by providing their own DNA samples and submitting the dental records of the missing. This can greatly increase the chances that the recovered remains will be identified. If you have a family member or relative who has been declared MIA or POW, see the infographic Until They Are Home for more information about finding them.
Please take a moment this National POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor all the military members who were lost, and also their loved ones left wondering. To learn more about VA loans from iFreedom Direct®, visit http://www.directvaloans.com.