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Walker Introduces Bill to Assist POW/MIA Families

February 8, 2016
Press Release

GREENSBORO, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) recently introduced a resolution to establish a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. He unveiled the legislation at an event this morning at Caldwell Academy in Greensboro.

Rep. Walker released the following statement concerning the bill’s introduction:

Three years ago, I organized an event that honored our local veterans. I met with four WWII veterans and I was moved by all of their stories, but especially the story of my friend, Bill Beavers. Mr. Beavers was shot down on a bombing run over Germany and suffered greatly after being captured by the Germans and held as a Prisoner of War

I was moved by his emotion that still exists in sharing his story seven decades later. I think about it often and it has inspired me to take action in making sure that we are doing everything possible for our POWs and MIAs, as well as their families.”

Rep. Walker introduced H.Res. 590, Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs, on January 25, 2016. If passed, H.Res. 590 would utilize existing U.S. House of Representatives funds to establish a select committee. The committee members, appointed by the Speaker, would be tasked with investigating all unresolved matters related to any United States personnel unaccounted for from conflicts ranging from World War II to the War on Terror.

H.Res. 590 has the support of veteran organization Rolling Thunder and is co-sponsored by U.S. Representative Jeff Miller (FL-01), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

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