The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) conducts periodic updates and annual government briefings for families of American servicemembers who are missing in action (MIA). These events are designed to keep family members informed of the U.S. government's worldwide mission to account for those still missing and to discuss in detail the latest information available about their specific cases.

 At the annual and monthly update meetings, speakers include senior officials, experts, and scientists who work in the wide range of tasks associated with the POW/MIA mission. During the meetings, there are formal presentations, question and answer sessions, and one-one-one discussions between government officials and family members.

DoD has conducted these update programs since 1995, reaching more than 17,000 family members face-to-face.

Family Updates

Up to eight times a year, government officials meet with MIA family members who live within a 350-mile radius of major metropolitan areas across the country. These meetings are designed to address the individual needs of the family members while bringing information to their communities. Government officials also meet one-on-one with family members to discuss the details of each of their cases. About 150-200 family members and 30 government officials attend each meeting.

Annual Briefings

Two briefings are held annually in the Washington, D.C. area. One is for Vietnam War families and the other is for Korean and Cold War families. The location of these events makes it possible for senior government officials to attend and for families to access Washington-based offices related to POW/MIA matters. At these briefings, family members have the opportunity to meet with numerous civilian and military specialists of the government whose expertise includes: foreign government negotiation, formulation of national policy, remains recovery and identification, DNA science, archival research and intelligence analysis.



FMU 2017 Schedule

2017 Family Update Schedule

Date

Location

January 28 Phoenix, AZ
February 25 Charleston, SC
March 25 New Orleans, LA
April 22 Kansas City, MO
May 20 Syracuse, NY
June Vietnam War Annual, D.C.
August 10-11 Korean/Cold War Annual, D.C.
September 9 Detroit, MI

* Family Member Updates for 2017 are tentative and subject to change .

 

Annual Attendance at Family Updates

Year 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Annual Attendance 187 520 794 618 645 1042 803 998 946 733 961 899 821 1091 1161 1001 833 1290 1097