Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Volunteer for Families for Forgotten Heroes and Unclaimed Persons Project

I received this press release from Skip Murray, the Genealogy Team Leader for the Families for forgotten Heroes (FFFH) and the Co-Director for the Unclaimed Persons project.

Both projects are worthy of your consideration in terms of volunteering to help them fulfill their mission..


Press Release from the Genealogy Team at Families For Forgotten Heroes

There are staggering numbers of veterans who are dying alone, homeless on the streets. Many Unclaimed Veterans are reduced to a can of ashes, sitting in storage on a funeral home shelf. Even if their families knew of their death, they couldn't afford to bury them.

There are groups out there who are researching the cremains in storage, trying to identify which ones are Veterans, and get them their proper military burial. One of these groups is the “Missing In America Project” http://www.miap.us/ (An amazing group that is also seeking volunteers to help in their mission). It is a good thing to see these Heroes honored and given the respect they deserve!

There is one final piece of the story that is still missing for the lives of these Veterans....

That piece is telling the Veteran's family that their Veteran has passed away and / or has been buried. There are two organizations that are trying to do something about this nation's epidemic of Unclaimed Veterans. Both groups seek to identify the Next Of Kin of Unclaimed Persons. One group specializes in only Veteran cases, the other group researches civilians and veterans. Both groups are working together on Veterans Day to raise awareness of Unclaimed Veterans, and to seek more volunteers to help us research these brave heroes, so we can find their families and send them home. If you are good at researching on the internet, you would be a valuable member to these groups. Please consider volunteering your time!

Veteran's Day Homecoming November 11, 2011. On Veteran's Day Families For Forgotten Heroes https://www.facebook.com/familiesforforgottenheroes and Unclaimed Persons https://www.facebook.com/UnclaimedPersons will be posting several new Unclaimed Veterans cases on their forums. FFFH will be one of the guests Friday night on the Geneabloggers Online Radio Show hosted by Thomas MacEntee. This episode is entitled "Our Veteran Ancestors: Military Records and Genealogy"  http://www.geneabloggers.com/.

Mark your calendars for a little volunteer work on Nove 11th to help UP and FFFH send this country's Unclaimed Veterans home, while listening to the radio show! The online radio show will give everyone an opportunity to learn about what FFFH does, how we do it, and how ANYONE can help us reunite deceased veterans with their families.

Skip Murray – Brainerd, MN
Genealogy Team Leader - Families For Forgotten Heroes
Co-Director - Unclaimed Persons

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