Continued concern by Vietnam veteran groups about missing Americans from that war continue as the government office responsible for that mission, DoD’s Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) has been without a director for 12 of its 23 months in existence since the departure of its first Director Michael Linnington in June. The concern mounts as the lack of visible progress to appoint a director continues despite formal written requests by several veterans groups to urge action on the vacated post.
In October, SOFREP learned that the replacement for Linnington had been selected but, before any formal announcement of that candidate’s name – another Army general – was publicly announced, he withdrew from consideration. This further clouded the DPAA top leadership selection process for an agency formed only two years ago to bring together three separate federal organizations to improve U.S. efforts to account as fully as possible for U.S. servicemen and designated civilians still missing from the Vietnam War.
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