Sinema-Backed Bill Honoring American POW/MIA Passed by Senate

May 10, 2019

Senator’s bipartisan bill requiring the POW/MIA flag be displayed alongside the American flag passed by the Senate

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema applauded the Senate’s passage of the bipartisan National POW/MIA Flag Act, which honors the more than 82,000 Americans who are listed as Prisoners of War, Missing in Action, or otherwise unaccounted for.

“I come from a military family— honoring our veterans is personal for me,” said Senator Sinema, a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “The Senate’s passage of our bill helps ensure we don’t forget those who sacrificed for our country and never returned home.”

Under current law, the POW/MIA Flag is required to be displayed by the federal government on certain prominent federal properties only six days per year: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, and Veterans Day. The National POW/MIA Flag Act ensures that the POW/MIA Flag is displayed whenever the U.S. flag is displayed. Once the legislation is signed into law, both flags will be displayed concurrently every day at federal locations already designated under existing law.

The POW/MIA Flag Act is endorsed by Rolling Thunder Inc. National, the National League of POW/MIA Families, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the National Alliance of Families for the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen.