In a ceremony today marking ten years of cooperation, Vietnam Veterans of
America recognized Vietnamese agencies and individuals who have assisted in
resolving the fates of Vietnamese and American missing as a result of the
grateful for the assistance of Vietnamese witnesses who have come forward
with information that has helped in the recovery of Americans missing from
the Vietnam War," said Thomas H. Corey, national president of Vietnam
Veterans of America, as he prepared to recognize those who have worked
together on the Veterans Initiative. "They have responded as have American
veterans when asked to provide information on missing soldiers from the
Veterans Initiative, an historic veteran-to-veteran effort, unites both
Vietnamese and Americans in a historic effort to resolve the lingering issue
of missing on both sides of the war.
Veterans Initiative began ten years ago as a gesture of goodwill by VVA
representatives who accompanied a congressional delegation to Vietnam to
discuss the POW/MIA issue in May 1993.
by Vietnamese representatives if we would help locate information on the
fate of over 300,000 Vietnamese who remain missing as a result of the war,
VVA representatives offered to solicit information from American Vietnam War
time American veterans have delivered information on the fate of over 8,000
missing Vietnamese. In response, Vietnamese people have expanded their
effort to obtain information about missing Americans.
not be here today without the increased cooperation and support of the
Vietnamese and American agencies who have worked on this issue for years,"
has been done with the cooperation of many different organizations and
agencies to include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vietnam Office of
Seeking Missing Persons, Ministry of Defense, Veterans Association of
Vietnam, Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, Vietnam-USA Society,
Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii,
Defense Prisoner of War and Missing In Action Office, and VVA.
veterans we are united by our efforts to bring resolution to this and other
post-war issues for Vietnamese and American families. Though we were on
opposite sides during the war, our common goal now is to achieve the fullest
possible accounting for all who remain missing as well as other issues from
the war," Corey said.
ceremony is a recognition of our ten-year collaboration to find answers and
bring some measure of peace to American and Vietnamese families.
recognize the people of Vietnam who have assisted in the recovery of
remains, assisting the Vietnam Office of Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP)
and the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA)," Corey concluded.