iFreedom Direct's Annual Memorial Day Infographic Honors Dedicated Work of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) to Locate, Identify and Return MIA Military

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This 10-year-old arm of the Department of Defense helps bring closure to families of service members Missing in Action through its extensive research efforts, field team search operations and state-of-the-art identification methods.

iFreedom Direct® Special Projects Manager and 23-year U.S. Army Veteran, Tim Lewis, says, “We at iFreedom Direct® believe that the JPAC deserves the spotlight for working under the radar since 2003 to bring our missing Americans home.”

Memorial Day is a time to remember Americans who have sacrificed in the name of freedom. iFreedom Direct®, a Salt Lake-based VA lender, dedicates its annual Memorial Day infographic to honor heroes of war. The graphic showcase the efforts of one organization whose painstaking work has helped identify some 1800 war heroes who were previously classified as missing in action (MIA). The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) is a task force within the United States Department of Defense (DoD) that assists in the daunting task of recovering and identifying remains of missing military personnel.

With a staff of 400 joint military and civilian members, the JPAC carries out recovery missions over land and sea to find the Americans who were killed in the action but never brought home. The efforts of the JPAC have provided living relatives with some much-needed closure. According to the JPAC, over 83,000 MIA service members are still out there somewhere, and the organization won’t stop until they are all home.

iFreedom Direct® Special Projects Manager and 23-year U.S. Army Veteran, Tim Lewis, says, “We at iFreedom Direct® believe that the JPAC deserves the spotlight for working under the radar since 2003 to bring our missing Americans home.”

Once remains are recovered, 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 works at a pace of about 6 recoveries per month and 72 per year. Once remains are positively identified, the family is informed that their relative or loved one has been found and any personal effects are returned.

Family members of lost heroes can help by providing their own DNA samples and submitting the dental records of their missing loved ones. This can increase the chances of recovered remains being identified. If you have an MIA or POW family member or relative, see the infographic for more information.

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