May 2006

Patricia Gaffney-Kindig in D.C.

AWON President Patricia Gaffney-Kindig lobbied Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) in Washington, D. C., recently on behalf of increased funding for the recovery and identification of World War II missing-in-action remains. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, tasked to undertake these missions, estimates that roughly 35,000 of the 78,000 MIA cases from that conflict could be successfully resolved if sufficient resources were brought to bear on these operations.

While on Capitol Hill, Gaffney-Kindig also buttonholed, among others, Adrian "Good Morning, Vietnam!" Cronauer, of the Defense Department's POW/Missing Personnel Office; Vice Admiral Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN (Ret), of the Military Officers Association of America; Rep. Henry E. Brown (R-South Carolina); Marie Speer, founder of the Gold Star Wives of America; General Robert Magnus, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York).

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