To the Editor:

“POW / MIAs are Uncle Sam’s missing children.” A powerful statement found on a bumper sticker during the Vietnam War, don’t you agree? So powerful, in fact, that a woman has worn this message as a POW/MIA bracelet on her wrist for decades. Our nation must fulfill its obligation to find and repatriate Uncle Sam’s missing children.

The evidence proves all prisoners of war were not released after the cessation of hostilities after each war. Educate yourself. Read Dr. Jeff Donahue’s blog at www.jcdonahue24.com. Read Lynn O’Shea’s “Abandoned in Place.” Read “An Enormous Crime” by former Congressman Bill Hendon and Elizabeth Stewart. Read “American Trophies How U.S. POWs Were Surrendered to North Korea, China, and Russia” by Mark Sauter and John Zimmerlee. Declassified documents reviewed by John Zimmerlee provide names of POWs held in Korea who were seen by repatriated POWs in the days just prior to Operation Big Switch. Encourage others to educate themselves as well.

We ask that our unrecovered POWs and missing Americans be remembered each and every day. We believe our military personnel are worthy of high level intervention on their behalf, at the presidential level, to secure their safe release. They are not expendable pawns on the foreign policy chessboard. Our military is a finite, trained group of dedicated individuals who not only preserve our freedom, but the freedom of others. Nations must always negotiate for the return of unrecovered prisoners of war, regardless of the passage of time since the cessation of hostilities.

Far too many of Uncle Sam’s children remain unaccounted for across the globe from past wars. Our nation must rectify the ineffective, flawed policies of the past to protect Uncle Sam’s future generations.

Kathy Shemeley

New Milford

President POW/MIA CT Forget-Me-Nots Inc.