Veteran community waiting for Trump to deliver on promise to bring Korean War remains home

Kaylah Jackson
June 19, 2018 - 11:51 am

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During the historic summit in Singapore, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to “commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified”, but as of today, the White House has yet to release information or a plan on how exactly they plan to bring these veterans home.  

Major veterans organizations have rallied for the return of their missing brothers and sisters. Just before the summit, the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) sent a letter to the White House advocating for recovering POW/MIA remains. 

"We must have hope that this agreement will finally bring peace to the peninsula and help bring closure to thousands of families of missing American servicemen from the Korean War. The VFW salutes President Trump for bringing this issue to the table, and we thank the North Korean leader for agreeing to it. Now the hard work to bring the initiative to fruition begins," said Keith Harman, National Commander of the VFW.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting agency websites states that there are 7,702  unaccounted Korean War veterans but as of Monday, Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), said  "we're standing by [but] we haven't officially been asked to do anything."

For families of these veterans, hearing the White House formally announce a plan to bring the remains home, is good news, even as they wait for details to be announced. Rick Downs, President and Executive Director for the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MI, said “it’s a door opening, a crack. But we have to keep in mind that it was words exchanged, the signing of a document. What happens next is what really matters.” 

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