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    "The Vietnam War POW/MIA issue"
    HMMM......wondering if Politx (or whoever wrote this "trash") understands that 'Nam had only a small portion of MIA/POW's compared to WW1, WW2 and Korea?????
    Seems some journalists have no search engines on their computers or actually believe that no wars existed before their small life existence..........
    And I agree with @PauldenZangpo........a flag (under the US flag) flown at all government buildings would be a better "memorial" for ALL the MIA/POW servicemen.
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    I don't think it's "trash". WWI, WWII, and Korea have quite a few monuments. Viet Nam vets feel a little slighted, I know my father does though he'd never make a big deal out of it. Those other wars had supportive Americans behind them. Troops came home to see a proud nation honoring their service. Viet Nam vets came home to hostility and were lucky if all they got were curses and thrown things in their direction.
    Considering how our nation really turned it's back on our servicemen and women, I think this is the least they could do.
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    @stepped_in_it "WW2 had (almost) nothing until a few years ago (10 to be precise) in DC"
    Apparently the memorials at Normandy and Pearl Harbor don't count? They are pretty epic in size and grandeur, just sayin.

    "And, this isn't (or shouldn't be) about just one wars MIA/POW's. This is about MIA/POW's (all of them) in general."
    Agreed, but again Korea, WW2 and WW1 vets didn't get the treatment that the Viet Nam vets did. He'll even Civil War vets are treated better historically. I still feel this would go a long way in showing them long overdo respect for what they had to endure. There weren't many parades for them when they returned, that's for sure.
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    @Fishbone345 "vets didn't get the treatment that the Viet Nam vets"
    Agreed.......that was a sad, low point in US history. I lost some friends in that hell hole. Next time, let's tell the CIA and DC politicians to fight it themselves.
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    seems to me the time to have done this was 40 years ago..but I suppose as far as Congress goes, this is relatively painless.. and good for him just in time for the midterms....election season the only time anything ever gets done
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    I support a memorial for all mias/pows. I will not be supporting/voting for this man, so, for me, the political aspect is a nonissue. I prefer to focus on the act of recognizing the sacrifices of these men and women no matter whose idea. In fact, as I write this, I can't even remember the man's name who's proposing the memorial.
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    Mid terms have a way of making old forgotten promises a reality. The roads around here are miraculously getting fixed and the right of ways are getting mowed more frequently. Amazing.
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    To me, the Korean War and it's fallen American heroes have always gotten the short end of the stick. When you consider that South Korea has become an industry giant, which is a tribute to an incredible American success story re our support of the South in the Korean War, which mirrored our rebuilding efforts that induced Japan's recovery and industry-leading contributions were back in the past few decades..........we need to place more emphasis on telling the story of our fallen and missing soldiers.......from EVERY War, even blunders like the Iraq War. Never in the history of America have our soldiers shirked their responsibilities, or brought dishonor upon us......yes, we had a few bad apples over the decades, a few dispicable military decisions or acts, but as a whole no military force, or the soldiers that make it go, have ever shone as brightly as our military.
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    I prefer POWs and MIAs be remembered by having their flag flown below old glory at every post office and federal building across the nation. Of course that's not simple or inexpensive, but I won't drive by that monument everyday. To me, the monument is a simple and inexpensive way to forget them.
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    NormalFlora - I certainly hope that everyone realizes, with the GOP's great concerns for cost cutting, and the fact that it's being proposed by a Democrat, that it will probably be a folding chair.
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    Cheap shot...yes. Some folks have no other talent save an uncanny ability to spin any bit of news into a misanthropic, craven, partisan sucker-punch.
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    As the relative of a late Korean War POW, and one who has attended many of the Korean Ex-POW Conventions and the dedication of the National POW Museum in Andersonville, Ga., this is something that is long overdue and has my full support. Few understand the living Hell that these men and some women went through. I encourage all who support the POW/MIA's to make a trip to Andersonville to the museum. Andersonville itself represents the Hell of being a POW and you can see how small of a space almost 30,000 men were crammed into. The museum is one of the best done I have ever seen and needs your supports since National Parks and Museums seem to be low on the priorities list when it comes to funding and at the top of the list when it comes to budget cuts. They tried to get video interviews with as many POW's that were still alive as they were working on it and have viewing stations around the museum. If you know a POW who was interviewed, let them know before you go and they'll make sure it's in the queue when you get there so you can see it (they have a lot so all aren't available all of the time). Being there at its dedication with almost 10,000 ex-POW's and their families was one of the most touching and heart rendering moments of my life as we toured it with them and Pops. Lot's of crying, lots of laughing as they told stories of ways they (pardon the French) "fucked" with their captors. Tough old guys and heroes one and all. Here's to the ones that didn't make it back too.
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    This should be done with private donations, and I am a retired veteran, but wouldn't this money be better spent trying to get remains and survivors back from Viet Nam, and other countries?
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    A POW MIA memorial is a great idea. The GOP members can do photo ops there. And unlike with the VA, they won't have to provide any medical services or funding to support them.

    And as part of the same bill I would propose adding a second chair to represent the members of Congress who are also MIA (As in doing nothing). It could also represent those being held 'prisoners of war' by the Tea Party.
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    It's a sad commentary on America that the first thing I thought when i read about the empty chair is that idiots will stand in line to take selfies of themselves sitting in it.
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    There is nothing wrong with this idea. However, does this organization honestly believe there are still American POW's in Vietnam? And do they believe there are LIVING MIA's? When people started flying the POW/MIA flag in the 70's, there was hope for the eventual return of missing soldiers and prisoners of war. One wonders if perhaps this organization should be "put to rest" while we find a way to honor and remember men who are undoubtedly long dead.
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    I support the proposal except for having the logo National League of POW/MIA Families on the chair. We, as a country, should recognize the sacrifices made by theses men and women, but the logo of another organization should not be a part of it.
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    Maybe a MIA Memorial but not a POW Memorial. Are there really ANY confirmed POWs being held anywhere? Last I remember, most if not all the MIAs and POWs on the "list" are likely KIAs that cannot be confirmed. I can think of a few journalists being held by the nutjobs in the Middle East....but actual servicemen still being held captive by a foreign government?
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    I support it BUT... What the administration did to those poor men is UNFORGIVABLE! They left them there, knowingly.

    No memorial changes that one disgusting truth!!!!!
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    My only question would be "Why wasn't this done sooner?".

    While we all have different color skin, religious and sexual orientations, We are all still Americans that is the singular thread that binds us. And we should strive to never forget the people who have given the ultimate sacrifice to its namesake.

    My brothers-in-arms, may you never be forgotten!
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    I see that the all memorials are for the living. I feel that MIA's have a place in all the current war memorials. They were there, they fought, they died or got lost or were taken prisoners. Maybe an annex at each memorial honoring them is more appropriate.
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