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POW/MIA Recognition Week Kicks Off Friday

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- In a move to honor those Tennessee service members who were captured by enemy forces during military duty and those who are still missing, Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed Sept. 21-27 as POW/MIA Recognition Week.

"Hearing the stories of former Prisoners of War is an unforgettable experience and offering our recognition as a state is a powerful way to salute their bravery and perseverance,"  Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder said in a statement. "We continue to remember those still missing in action and their families while they wait for closure and answers."

Officials said more than 200 Tennessee service members are still missing or unaccounted for since World War II.

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