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Thompson, Connolly Introduce Resolution to Never Stop Searching for MIA/POW Service Members

May 23, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan measure would ensure trade partners are active in recovery efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced H. Con. Res. 42, a Resolution to ensure that countries that enter into trade agreements with the United States provide transparent and efficient support in the research and recovery efforts of our nation’s missing service members.

Reps. Thompson and Connolly introduced the resolution in advance of Memorial Day Weekend, when the nation pays tribute to our fallen veterans who never returned home.

“As a father of an Purple Heart Wounded Warrior, I am thankful every day that my son returned home safely,” Congressman Thompson said.  “For those who made the ultimate sacrifice, their families and loved ones deserve no less than our greatest efforts for recovery.  This bipartisan resolution makes it clear that we, as Americans, take promises to our service members very seriously and we are hopeful that trade partners will become partners in our ongoing recovery efforts.”


“We have a sacred compact with the men and women who serve our nation in uniform. They make untold sacrifices on behalf of the safety and security of the United States, and we vow to support them and their families in every way that we can,” Congressman Connolly said.  “When a service member makes the ultimate sacrifice, it is our duty to ensure they are returned home to their loved ones.  This measure would improve collaboration with foreign countries on the recovery of our fallen heroes who have not yet made it home.”  

According to the Department of Defense, more than 80,000 American citizens who served in the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II are still missing in action.