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Walker Introduces a Bill to Create a Committee to Help the Families of POWs and MIAs

March 22, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today introduced a resolution to establish a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. 

H.Res. 219, Establishing a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs would utilize existing U.S. House of Representatives funds to establish a select committee. The committee members, appointed by the Speaker of the House, 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. Currently, there are more than 75,000 unaccounted for Americans from these conflicts. 

The video above briefly highlights the story of C.R. "Bud" Shepherd of Graham, North Carolina. Shepherd enlisted in the U.S. Army on his 18th birthday in 1943. During World War II, Shepherd was an Air Corpsman, Sergeant, and tail gunner on a B-17 in the 751st Squadron. After German fire brought down his plane, Shepherd was captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in Stalag Luft 1 in Barth on November 30, 1944. He was freed on May 1, 1945. Since then, Shepherd came home to Graham and has dedicated his life to honoring men and women who served our country through his REAch Wounded Veterans Program.

In the video, Shepherd, speaking about POWs, said "these guys should not be forgotten. They’re the ones who created our freedoms."

As noted in the video, not all of our heroes were as blessed as Mr. Shepherd. That is why Walker introduced H.Res. 219 today.

"We are all proud of Bud Shepherd, his heroism and his continued service to our nation and those who fought to protect it," Walker said. "While we celebrate the return of our servicemen and servicewomen, we must also take the time to remember our heroes who are still unaccounted for. We can only begin to fathom the questions and unthinkable anguish that their families still face. As Mr. Shepherd said, these men and women fought to secure our freedoms, and we cannot let them be forgotten."

"I am proud to introduce this resolution to create a Select Committee on POW and MIA Affairs," Walker added. "These families have sacrificed a great deal for us. This small act can go lengths in honoring our POWs and MIAs and to provide their families closure."

The full text of the resolution can be found here.