DPAA director Kelly McKeague joined Good Morning Hawaii from Arlington, Virginia, to talk about fulfilling the agency's mission during the pandemic.
The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) holds events called Family Member Updates (FMU) across the country to keep thousands of families informed of efforts to locate and identify the remains of their loved ones still missing from past military conflicts. The gatherings are also a chance for families to share stories of their loved ones and find comfort and consolation in each other. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these FMUs have gone virtual.
DPAA director Kelly McKeague joined Good Morning Hawaii from Arlington, Virginia, to talk about their latest update for Hawaii families. He said 33 families in Hawaii registered to receive one-on-one Zoom updates from DPAA.
Of the currently 1,585 U.S. personnel still missing from the Vietnam War, seven are from Hawaii. Of those who have been accounted for, four are from Hawaii.
Of the currently 7,567 service members still missing from the Korean War, 70 are from Hawaii. Of those who have been accounted for, two are from Hawaii.
Of the currently 72,530 service members missing and civilians from World War II, 76 are from Hawaii. Of those who have been accounted for, one is from Hawaii.
In Fiscal Year 2020, DPAA accounted for 120 service members. To date, in Fiscal Year 2021, DPAA has accounted for 56 DoD personnel. DPAA says about 82,000 service members remain unaccounted for.
On Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 a.m. HST (1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST), government specialists will meet online with approximately 250 family members who live in southern California, Hawaii, and surrounding states in its second virtual FMU. The FMU can be viewed on the DPAA website at https://www.dpaa.mil/Livestreams and on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa. For more information, call (703) 699-1420/1193.
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