"I’m a Veteran. Can I drive a truck? Watch the gate? I can clean gear. I can make a mean rice dish. I can stand at a gate and say STOP. But he said, ‘No, you can’t. You have to be on active duty.’ And it just floored me.”

Talking to the Foreign Area Officer assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, DPAA, in Thailand where he was living, retired Army Colonel PJ Dermer couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a way for him to work to get every service member home. JPAC is responsible for excavating and repatriating the remains of deceased service members. Most of their work focuses on conflicts from Vietnam and earlier. Dermer wanted to support their mission but found that there weren’t roles available outside of those assigned to the command while serving on active duty.