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TO URGE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE THE PRISONER OF WAR - MISSING IN ACTION ISSUE REGARDING UNRESOLVED MATTERS PERTAINING TO UNITED STATES PERSONNEL UNACCOUNTED FOR FROM THIS NATION'S WARS AND CONFLICTS BEGINNING WITH WORLD WAR II.
Whereas, the Prisoner of War - Missing in Action (POW/MIA) issue has been a national dilemma since the end of World War II; and
Whereas, there is a strong need for an independent investigation into all unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, the Korean War, World War II, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other conflicts including MIAs and POWs; and
Whereas, it is the responsibility and the duty of the United States government to bring home Americans missing in action from these conflicts; and
Whereas, as of July 2005, the Government Accountability Office listed over eighty-eight thousand service men and women unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, and other conflicts; and
Whereas, American POWs and their missing comrades have demonstrated the true spirit of our nation and should never be forgotten; and
Whereas, the families of these inspiring Americans deserve to know what truly happened to their loved ones; and
Whereas, Americans from every generation have answered the call to duty with dedication and valor. These brave Americans deserve the respect and gratitude of our nation and all efforts should be made to resolve the Prisoner of War - Missing in Action issue in their honor. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, by this resolution, urge the United States Congress to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the Prisoner of War - Missing in Action issue regarding unresolved matters pertaining to United States personnel unaccounted for from this nation's wars and conflicts beginning with World War II.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the President of the United States, the United States Senate and House of Representatives, and the members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
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