SSGT Keith “Matt” Maupin
Will he be the next generation of forgotten Servicemen?
Not if we can help it!
I hope you all are enjoying the blessing of the Season and I am sure we all look forward to the hopes of 2008. As the end of the year is just around the corner, I wanted to share the following with you ~
First, as of the date and time of this post, we are at an amazing 256 co-sponsors for House Resolution 111. Congratulations to all who are working so hard on making this Select Committee a reality! I know there are some big steps left to get this bill to the floor of the House but, I have supreme confidence is what we all can do collectively. So as not to reiterate what Lynn has in this edition of Bits N Pieces, there is still some work to do. Together we can make this happen.
And now, the most recent Bits N Pieces, from the Research Director of the National Alliance of Families, Lynn O’Shea ….
National Alliance of Families
For The Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
World War II – Korea – Cold War – Vietnam – Gulf Wars
Dolores Alfond – 425-881-1499
Lynn O’Shea — 718-846-4350
Web Site http://www.nationalalliance.org
December 22, 2007
A Christmas Story – This past week a father and his three children became lost in a California snowstorm while searching for the perfect Christmas tree. They were rescued after three days in the woods. As CNN reported “A few seconds could have made all the difference in the fate of a family who spent three days lost in the snowy California woods, according to the helicopter pilot who found them.”
“The father of the family, Frederick Dominguez, came running out of the culvert where they had sought shelter when family members heard the sound of the California Highway Patrol helicopter Wednesday afternoon. “Had he not been moving, we would not have seen him, because the tree line was very dense and he came climbing out of the culvert,” helicopter pilot Steve Ward told CNN on Thursday. “We were just very lucky.”
“Dominguez had arranged branches to spell the word “help” near the culvert, but rescuers didn’t see that until they were turning the helicopter around after spotting Dominguez.”Imagine what DPMO would have said had they spotted that “help” signal. Shadows…. Snow drifts…. An Anomaly…. Spelling Snow…..####################
256 Co-Sponsors and Counting – As of this writing H.Res 111 calling for the formation in the House of Representative a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs has 256 co-sponsors This gives us more then enough votes for passage. Unfortunately, H.Res 111 remains bogged down in the Rules Committee. While more co-sponsors will be helpful, we must focus efforts on Speaker of the House Nancy Peolsi and Chairperson of the House Rules Committee Louise McIntosh-Slaughter.After the holiday rush, please call the toll free number 1-866-727-4894 for the Capitol switchboard. The first call is to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Ask Speaker Pelosi to request a mark up of H. Res 111, in the Rules Committee to provide for, at minimum, a full two-year review of all POW/MIA matters and direct upon completion of mark-up that H.Res 111 be sent to the House floor for a vote. The second call is to Rules Committee Chairperson Louise McIntosh Slaughter. Again, ask that H. Res 111, be marked up for, at minimum, a full two-year review of all POW/MIA matters and send H.Res 111 to a vote.
Letters should be faxed to:
Honorable Nancy Pelosi Honorable Louise McIntosh-Slaughter
United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives
235 Cannon House Office Building 2469 Rayburn House Office
BuildingWashington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515
Fax: 202-225-8259 Fax: 202-225-7822
We are the voice of the voiceless. Let’s make our voices heard.
This will be the last Bits N Pieces for 2007. During this Holiday Season, please keep a special spot in your heart for Scott Speicher, Matt Maupin, Ahmed K. Altaie, Alex Jimenez and Byron Fouty held as Prisoners of War somewhere in Iraq, for the American’s reported alive in Southeast Asia in 1998, and all our POWs and MIAs in North Korea, China and the former Soviet Union, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
To our Troops Deployed – You are in our prayers, stay safe and may you all be home soon.To our POW/MIA family members, veterans and concerned citizens, we wish you a Happy Chanukah, a Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.For this holiday season we, once again, share our favorite poem and Bible verse with you.
“Though we’ve come a long way, there is much, much more to be done.
The deck is stacked against us. Our adversaries are well-entrenched
and well-financed and scared of any change in the status quo.
In the long run, we will prevail.
We hold the trump card, folks and when the dust clears, and the dense morning fog burns off,
when we clear our wire of sappers, and the gunships go home,
by God, we’ll still be there, because what we seek to do is right.”
— Author Unknown
“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping,
and thine eyes from tears;
for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord:
and they shall come again from the land of the enemy;
and there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord,
that thy children shall come again to their own border.”
Let us all work together in the New Year to make the words
“I’ll be home for Christmas”
more than just a dream for our POW/MIAs.
TRUTH, JOY, AND PEACE TO US ALL IN 2008.
Dolores and Lynn and the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Families