Why We're Here
The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed
cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private,
state and federal organizations. To provide honor and respect to those who
have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten
Working Together to Accomplish Our Goals
The initial focus of the MIA Project will be a massive, nation-wide effort to
locate, identify and inter the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans. This
task will be executed through the combined, cooperative efforts of members of
the American Legion, other volunteer service and veteran organizations, local
Funeral Homes, State Funeral Commissions, State and National Veterans
Administration Agencies, and the State and National Veterans Cemetery
Administrations. Local, state and national laws must be followed in the
identification, claiming process and proper interment of the unclaimed remains
of forgotten veterans.
Our Progress to Date
Total Funeral Homes Visited - 1,657
Cremains Found - 9,796
Veterans Cremains Identified -
Veterans Interred - 2,183
Check the Announcements and Calendar pages for more info on some of these events!
Missing in America Project
Veteran Recovery Program
You served your country through a war, or through peacetime. You expected to receive a military burial, recognition by our government of your
commitment to our great country. You expected to have honor and respect paid to you as a result of your service to our great country. Instead,
you reside on a shelf in a mortuary or a storage facility at a crematorium.
The mission of the MIAP project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremains of veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and
federal organizations. These forgotten veterans have served our country and, as such, deserve to be buried with honor and respect. The impetus for
our fine program began in November 2006. The Idaho State Veterans cemetery interred 21 cremains of forgotten veterans, with full military honors and
the dignity these fallen heroes so richly deserved. Recently, a state hospital announced that 3500 cremains were on shelves to be identified. (The
link to the newspaper article is: http://tinyurl.com/2xrx9u). On the shelf were cremains for the time span of
the 1890s to 1971. It is estimated 1,000 of these cremains are veterans. This is happening in every state.
This project has just begun. We need to blanket every mortuary and cemetery in the United States and let them know there are people who desire to claim
our veterans. We need to let them know it is our desire to see they are interred with the honor and respect they deserve. They served our great nation.
It is now our great nation’s turn to serve them.
The veterans languishing on shelves need us. They need America to step forward and ensure they are buried with honor. They need America to show their
thanks for their service. Without them, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy today.
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