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Before the Subcommittee on Defense Committee on Appropriations United States Senate Regarding FY 2007 Appropriations

May 24, 2006

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) budget for 2006 fell about $3.6 million short and caused the cancellation and scaling back of many investigative and recovery operations. VVA urges Congress to ensure JPAC receives the dedicated funding level of $65 million in FY07 and that JPAC funding be a mandatory single line item budget just as DIA’s Stoney Beach Team and DPMO so that these accounting operations don’t have to compete with other funding priorities.

Mr. Chairman, every President since President Gerald Ford has noted that the Nation’s highest priority is the fullest possible accounting for our Missing in Action (MIAs), whether they be Prisoners of War or that this activity be recovery of remains, and returning these remains to American soil. In any case, resolution for the families involved is essential and we urge this distinguished body, as we approach Memorial Day and as “Rolling Thunder” is bearing down on the Capitol in honor of POW/MIAs, and to press for the fullest possible accounting of our MIAs and POWs, to ensure that the resources are there to do the job right.

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