Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Does The POW/MIA Flag Cause Them To Feel Shame?

In the past I have read articles that told about disputes over the POW/MIA (Prisoner Of War & Missing In Action) Flag. There are some that for some reason just don't want to see it displayed. They don't want to see it on street light poles, have it carried in parades or flown at a War Memorial. I have a lot of trouble understanding this, but then I fly one here at home. It is to help remember the brave hero's that went to defend our country in every war we have ever been involved it and didn't come home. Their families didn't get the closure that the families of our KIA's (Killed In Action) got. They were left not knowing what happened to their loved ones. Yesterday I got an e-mail from my friends Chuck and Mary Schantag of the P.O.W. Network (something that was sent to them) I'd like to share it with you. It tells about one of these disputes that is taking place in Tennessee.


Greetings Everyone!

Well, I'm just flabbergasted that some Tennessee Politicians have taken such a heartless and cruel stand. Particularly Senator Rusty Crowe who is representing the District where the Mountain Home/ James Quillen VAMC is located. More importantly, he the guy who is Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Veterans Affairs for Tennessee. Where is his mind? If he doesn't understand something simple like the POW-MIA Flag, how can he be trusted to make the right decisions on more complicated Veteran issues??

Please read the pasted emails below and check
We need to get the word out about his lack of support for our troops and his anti-Veteran stance to the Military Service and Veteran families in his District, and in Tennessee. If he can't be persuaded to change his mind, then we can all help the Veterans and Veteran supporters in his District to make sure this is his last election. We can put a "Boot Rusty" or "Dump Rusty" Web page on the Internet so this gets wide exposure.

I think he may be running unopposed if I'm reading the sample ballots on the Web correctly. No wonder he is so arrogant. Can someone in his district let us know about the nominations in TN District 3?

Can someone help us take a look at some of the other local Carter County and Elizabethton politicians involved in this who are also uninformed on Military Service and Veteran issues? They may not realize that this can become a national black-eye for them. Veterans, please don't remain silent on this issue!!

Remembering POW's and MIA's is basic! I've just quick counted, but according to the DPMO Web site it looks like at least 2 POW/MIA families from Vietnam and 10 POW/MIA families from Korea are represented by Crowe in Tennessee District 3. I'll bet the WWII MIA list for that district is huge. He obviously doesn't care about the hurt and pain in any of those GOLD STAR families.

POW & MIA families all over America who have no grave to visit are comforted by that black flag... don't forget... tens of thousands of U.S. service members are listed as missing in action from 20th Century wars. The following are estimates of the number of MIA's from World War II on:
World War II: 78,000
Korean War: 8,100
Vietnam War: 1,800
Cold War: 120
1991 Persian Gulf War: 1

And Matt Maupin is number one on the list for the 21st Century.

If anyone wants to email Senator Crowe-

Here's his Web page... he must be a member of American Legion in name only, huh?

Details of the issue-PLEASE check this Web site:

Let's all get together and help Jerry Campbell and all those folks in Carter County, Tennessee support our troops, veterans and our POW & MIA families!



Not only do I fly the POW/MIA Flag here at home, I also wear a stainless steel POW/MIA bracelet. I've met and became friends with the family of the man whose name is on it. It bothers me to hear about people that don't want that flag to fly. Every time I see it I think of true American hero's, Gone But Not Forgotten. God Bless and watch over each of them and their families.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger Stephanie said...

I hope you don't mind, but I'm passing this along to VOID and may end up writing a post concerning this on that site.

3:41 AM  
Anonymous And Another Thing said...

Being a Vietnam-era veteran I am not too shocked by this. Of course it is disgraceful, but one has to have a sense of shame not to recognize the importance of remembering those who are missing.

Apparently it is easier for some to just forget a debt of honor than others. Honor is the key word: if a person does not have it then they certainly have no business in public life.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Any attempt to stifle anyone's right of expression, especiallly veterans, should be sounly rejected.

I wonder if it is the symbolic nature of the flag itself that offends people. Black and white, and very strong with symbolism.

I think it scares some people and they don't even know why. You know?

3:21 PM  
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