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Bring Our Heroes Home Act of 2016 (S.3448)

Monday, October 3, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marie McRae
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Yesterday, continuing her longstanding and successful leadership in the Senate in support of our fallen heroes and their families, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte introduced the Bring Our Heroes Home Act of 2016 (S.3448). In order to provide more transparency for families of POW/MIAs and support their efforts to bring their loved ones home, the legislation would create a Review Board at the National Archives that can declassify unnecessarily classified records that may provide new information on the whereabouts of POW/MIAs.

The Bring Our Heroes Home Act of 2016 establishes the Missing Armed Forces Personnel Records Collection and Review Board at the National Archives that will work to facilitate the expeditious declassification of Missing Armed Forces Personnel records. Currently, when a POW/MIA family tries to locate their loved one, the information they need is sometimes unnecessarily classified, needlessly prohibiting its release to the public. Ayotte’s legislation will facilitate families access to POW/MIA records and enhance their cooperation with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) as they work together to bring our heroes home.

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