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