July 29, 2011
Secretary Leon Panetta
Secretary of the Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Defense
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
Dear Secretary Panetta,
As strong supports of our nation's veterans, we were disturbed to learn in recent reports that the Department of Defense is considering ending the U.S. - Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs and be redirecting future funding away from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). Simply put, any proposal offered by this Administration to abandon the search efforts for our missing heroes overseas is unconscionable.
The United States is a nation of great honor and integrity. We have made a sacred promise to each and every brave member of our military who has deployed overseas in defense of this country that their sacrifices and service will never be forgotten. It is our duty to uphold our end of this promise and ensure that the search for those missing continues.
For this reason, we ask that any future proposals to redirect future funding away from JPAC be denied. By considering these proposals, the Administration is sending a dangerous message that our commitment to our current active duty military as well as our proud veterans who are still searching and holding out hope for their missing brothers and sisters overseas.
Moving forward, we must strengthen our commitment to our current active duty military as well as our proud veterans who are still searching and holding out hope for their missing brothers and sisters overseas.
Moving forward, we must strengthen our commitment to the U.S. - Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs and ensure that JPAC has the resources necessary to embrace their core mission and bringing all unaccounted-for Americans home.
Richard B. Nugent
C.W. Bill Young
Jame P. McGovern