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BY GARY JONES, CHAIR
The Leadership Conference in Greenville was very successful and enjoyable. Steve Thompson, external affairs representative of JPAC, was the speaker at the POW/MIA session on Saturday morning. Despite the early hour on the last day, we had a packed house. Thompson did a fantastic job and people wanted more. I wish to extend a very great thanks to him and to Admiral Crisp and all those who serve in JPAC.

The POW/MIA ceremony on Friday morning had some technical problems, which only detracted a bit from the ceremony. The hotel failed to show up with a sound system and a noisy garbage truck did its best to destroy the solemn occasion. However, Gunny and the South Carolina State Council did a nice job presenting this ceremony. As usual, all POW/MIAs were recognized. This year we took the time to recognize that events even after the official end of the Vietnam War took the lives of American servicemen in the U.S.S. Mayaguez incident. God Bless those lost and their families.

The Veterans Initiative team heads off to Vietnam in September. After many years, we finally are going to be allowed into the Central Highlands. We have additional information, too, about burials in the Khe Sanh area from a report from a veteran. At this time we have information potentially leading to the recovery of over one hundred soldiers.

Remember that this humanitarian effort on VVA’s part is not only the right thing to do, but it contributes significantly to the recovery of our own. And that is the ultimate goal. Please stay in touch with us at our VVA web site.

 

 

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