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Military Holding MIA Family Update In Sacramento

Vladimir Potapenko/Courtesy of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Patricia Loayza, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Delta Team recovery supervisor, clears a screen full of rock and debris as part of recovery efforts in Laos.

Vladimir Potapenko/Courtesy of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Sacramento area families of U.S. military servicemen and women missing-in-action will have the rare opportunity over the weekend of being personally briefed on what the government is doing to bring their loved ones home.

Lt. Col. Melinda Morgan is with the Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency which is holding a family update on Saturday. The agency holds a handful of these events a year throughout the country.

Morgan says about 300 family members are expected to attend Saturday.

"We usually have about 200 that come," explains Morgan. "So this one is an exceptionally large group. And there's a very large retiree group here in the Sacramento area."

Sacramento was once home to both Mather and McClellan air force bases.

Morgan says the agency will have one-on-one discussions with family members. 

"This is a very emotional issue," Morgan says. "And the one-on-ones can be very difficult for the families as they hear what led up to the last days of their loved one who paid the ultimate sacrifice in serving their country."

Saturday's MIA Family Update event will be at the Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast hotel on Date Avenue. It's scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.



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