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Z-Gram #45; dated 15 October 1970

For Flag Officers and Naval Base and Naval Station Commanders
Assistance to PW/MIA Families

R 151454Z OCT 70
FM CNO (Z-45)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N01771//
FOR FLAG OFFICERS AND NAVAL BASE AND NAVAL STATION COMMANDERS
ASSISTANCE TO PW/MIA FAMILIES

1. I RECENTLY MET WITH A SMALL GROUP OF LADIES WHOSE HUSBANDS ARE CAPTURED OR MISSING NAVAL PERSONNEL. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING WAS TO SEEK THEIR VIEWS ON HOW WE WOULD IMPROVE OUR EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF THEIR MEN AND FAMILIES.

2. AMONG THE SUGGESTIONS OFFERED BY THE LADIES WERE SOME THAT I DESIRE TO BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY. THE FOLLOWING FALL WITHIN THAT CATEGORY:

A. INVITE DEPENDENTS OF CAPTURED AND MISSING PERSONNEL TO APPROPRIATE FUNCTIONS, BOTH AS A COURTESY AND AS A MEANS OF MAINTAINING AN AWARENESS OF THE PW/MIA PROBLEM.
B. DEVELOP PROGRAMS WHEREBY CHILDREN OF OUR CAPTURED AND MISSING ARE PERIODICALLY HOSTED FOR SPORTING, RECREATIONAL, AND ENTERTAINMENT FUNCTIONS.
C. INVITE PW/MIA DEPENDENTS ABOARD DEPENDENT CRUISES.
D. APPROPRIATE/LOCAL BASE COMMANDERS PROVIDE SPECIAL PW/MIA PRESENTATIONS ON RIGHTS, BENEFITS, AND PRIVILEGES EVERY SIX MONTHS.
E. PROVIDE AUTOMATIC BASE VEHICLE PASS RENEWAL BY MAIL.
F. OFFER DEPENDENTS JOB PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE.
G. ENCOURAGE SPONSORSHIP OF A BIG BROTHER PROGRAM FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN THROUGH NAVY SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS.

3. WHILE WE REMAIN LIMITED IN PROVIDING DIRECT AID TO OUR CAPTURED AND MISSING SHIPMATES, WE CAN EXTEND OURSELVES IN ASSISTING THE FAMILIES THROUGH THEIR LONG VIGIL. THE CONTINUING SACRIFICES OF THESE MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES DEMAND NO LESS.

4. ADDITIONAL INITIATIVES ON BEHALF OF OUR CAPTURED AND MISSING AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE WELCOMED, AND WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF FURTHER TASKING. I COUNT ON YOUR USUAL TOP SUPPORT. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.
BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
PW: prisoner of war
MIA: missing in action

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Published:Tue Sep 20 06:32:04 EDT 2016