Fort McCoy News September 13, 2013

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Friday, Sept. 20

National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day is held each year on the third Friday in September.

More than 83,000 Americans are reported as missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. Hundreds Department of Defense (DOD) men and women — both military and civilian — work in organizations around the world as part of DOD's personnel recovery and personnel accounting communities. All are dedicated to the single mission of finding and bringing missing U.S. military personnel home.

The Tomah Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will commemorate POW/MIA Recognition Day with a ceremony Friday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel.

The guest speaker will be Capt. Samuel D. Hone, commander, Fort McCoy Recruiting Company.

All former prisoners of war, Families of those missing in action, their guests and the public are welcome to attend.

For more information about this event, contact the Tomah VA Office of Public Affairs at 608-372-7759.

For additional information about the National POW/MIA Recognition Day, visit the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office website at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/.

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