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
The MIAP, nationally, will enter into alliances with other organizations. To achieve its objective, MIAP:
· Has registered as a non-profit corporation
· Is sponsored by the Patriot Guard Riders on a national level. We are seeking sponsorship with other organizations, such as the American Legion. Once the program has been launched in
- ·Will seek volunteers from all veteran and non veteran groups nationwide. This will encompass locating and identifying veterans’ cremains in funeral homes, crematoriums, mausoleums and cemeteries.
- ·Will attempt to obtain private funding/grants. The Patriot Guard Riders has generously contributed funds to support our database.
- ·Will operate its own email and systems.
- ·Will coordinate all memorial services and escorts with
- ·Will conduct its business autonomously from its sponsors but will include members from the Patriot Guard and other groups.
The veterans languishing on shelves need us. They need
The following is a list of contacts for the MIAP:
Fred Salanti firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Post email@example.com
Debbi McKay firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronny Awtry: email@example.com
Cheryl Egan: firstname.lastname@example.org