(JEFFERSON CITY) – Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson is hopeful the Missouri House of Representatives will pass House Concurrent Resolution 35, urging the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to prioritize the cases of 15 Missourians from the Vietnam War whose status remains “presumptive finding of death”.

“The Vietnam War ended over 44 years ago, and to this day Missouri has 15 servicemen who remain unaccounted for,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. “The families of these brave soldiers have not had the closure of knowing what happened to their loved ones, and I commend Representative Tom Hurst (R-Meta) and the House Veterans Committee for raising awareness of this important issue,” Parson said.

The resolution passed unanimously out of the House Veterans Committee on March 8 and was referred to the House Rules Committee in preparation for debate by the House of Representative. “I urge the General Assembly to pass this resolution, and help give the families of these 15 brave soldiers some peace of mind knowing they are not forgotten by our government,” said Lieutenant Governor Parson. The Missouri Senate is currently considering a similar resolution sponsored by Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau).