March 25, 2003

No. 03-08

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000, Ext.146

  Sons and Daughters In Touch
"They Were Our Fathers..."
P.O. Box 1596, Arlington, VA, 800-894-9994,


(Washington) - Sons and Daughters In Touch (SDIT), the national support group for the children of U.S. servicemen lost in the Vietnam War, returned on March 18 from an historic two-week journey through Vietnam and Southeast Asia. 

Under the theme, In Honor, Peace, and Understanding, 50 SDIT members from across America traced their fathers’ final footsteps and visited the battlefields where their fathers made the ultimate sacrifice. 

To underscore the impact of war on children and the loss of one’s father in battle, SDIT members are available to offer insight and perspective on being "casualties of war." 

SDIT was formed in 1990 to locate, support, and unite the grown children of American servicemen lost during the Vietnam War.  To date, the non-profit organization has located nearly 3,500 of the estimated 20,000 children left fatherless by America’s longest war. 

For more information and to schedule interviews, contact:

Mokie Porter: 800-882-1316, Ext. 146

Karen Frost: 512-423-2406

Cindy Rheinheimer: 800-984-9994

Tony Cordero: 310-938-1264

To read individual accounts of the journey to Vietnam, visit: or


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