National POW/MIA Recognition Day is September 19; Family Member DNA Can Help Identify Missing Heroes says Rolling Thunder
NESHANIC STATION, N.J., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 19, 2008, Americans will have the solemn privilege to honor our military service personnel who became Prisoners of War or Missing in Action (POW/MIA) while serving in conflicts around the world. Service personnel from all wars still remain POW/MIA. Advances in technology have made it possible for family members of MIAs to help identify these missing American heroes by providing a sample of their DNA, specifically those who share the same mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). This type of DNA is inherited only from the mother -- each individual's mother, brothers, sisters' children and many other relatives share the same kind of mtDNA. The sex of the missing person and the donor are irrelevant. Those who donate a sample of their mtDNA can be assured that the sample will only be used to help identify remains, and will not be used for any other purpose, nor will it be released to other government agencies or any other organization. Those interested in learning if they might qualify as a donor for this program should visit the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) web site at www.jpac.pacom.mil . Rolling Thunder(R) chapters from 11 states are supporting the 2008 POW Ride Home, Sept. 17-20, 2008 in Americus and Andersonville, Ga. The multi-day annual activity is held in conjunction with the National Park Service's Andersonville National Historic Site and Georgia Southwestern State University to recognize and honor the nation's Prisoners of War (POW) and those Missing in Action (MIA). For more information, visit http://www.powridehome.org/ . About Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder's major function is to publicize the POW/MIA issue and is committed to helping all American veterans. For more information about Rolling Thunder or how to get involved, log onto their website at www.rollingthunder1.com or call 908-369-5439.
SOURCE Rolling Thunder, Inc.
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