Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1The goals of our organization are coincident with those of activists nationwide in our approach to the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action issue: the return of all LIVE American POW/MIAs, repatriation of the remains of those who have not survived, and comprehensive explanations for cases where the previous two options do not exist. Our efforts are directed toward the most acceptably complete resolution of this issue for all conflicts, coupled with endeavors to establish an awareness in our Country that will reduce such losses to the lowest possible level during present and future operations against America's enemies.

Activism in this arena must be multifaceted with great attention paid to establishing and maintaining physical reminders of the issue's continued significance. Symbolism in the form of the international logo's appearance on flags, pins, decals, articles of clothing, and accessories bolsters awareness. Wearing POW/MIA bracelets honors those individuals who still wait and, effectively, evokes conversations on the issue with both the novice and initiated. Strongest of these visual messages has been provided by weekly POW/MIA Vigils maintained, uninterrupted, every Thursday night in Meredith, New Hampshire (since August, 1989) and Fair Haven, Vermont (since August, 1993). Conversations addressing every facet of the issue are held. Discussion and debate are encouraged in this forum, which is open to all.

We are actively involved in acquiring, assimilating, and disseminating information on this issue. Presentations and discussions with community organizations, schools, veterans' organizations, and through a broad spectrum of events allow us to convey evidence, both factual and anecdotal, and our concerns to the public. We are actively involved in the legislative process, as we attempt to provide maximum protection for those who serve our Country, and for their families and loved ones should loss occur. We attempt to address the needs of families and returned POW/MIAs, and assist in coordinating activities with associated groups and promoting effective, efficient information flow.

We are a completely volunteer organization, veterans and non-veterans, using awareness, communication, education, legislation, and compassion to assuage the pain associated with one of the most devastating outcomes of service to one's Country. As we honor POW/MIAs, returned and still waiting to come home, we aggressively pursue means to return the missing and protect those serving.