Discussion concerning POWs, MIAs scheduled

By Maria Tortorello

A Vietnam veteran will lead a discussion Wednesday concerning prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Lonnie Stojen, a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Vietnow Organization, will discuss certain issues and answer questions students have about the war.

According to Sean McCuster, coordinator of the discussion and senior resident assistant in Douglas Hall, the reason for the presentation is to inform people of issues about the Vietnam War and POWs and MIAs.

“There are a lot of questions (about POWs and MIAs) that were never answered,” McCuster said.

Another goal of the discussion is to make people aware that there is not enough public knowledge about the subject, McCuster said.

“It is an important issue that doesn’t get as much air time (in the media) as other issues, and it should,” he said.

Stojen also will question the actions taken by the government in finding POWs and MIAs.

“There are still a lot of soldiers over there,” McCuster said. “Is the government doing enough?”

In an effort to make people aware of the number of MIAs, as well as to remember these soldiers, silver bracelets will be sold at the discussion for $5.25.

Each bracelet has the name of a soldier who is missing in action and is to be worn until the soldier returns.

“These bracelets were real popular during the ‘60s when the riots were going on,” McCuster said.

Donations from the bracelets will be donated to causes lobbying for POWs and MIAs.

The discussion will be held on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in the C cafeteria of Douglas Hall. For more information about the discussion, call Sean McCuster at 753-3891 or Bob Spratt at 753-2642.