Accounting for the Nation's veterans who died in combat has been a greatly debated issue for decades.
According to a new internal study done by military officials, they now suggest the Pentagon has mismanaged this task for years.
While the government's efforts have provided closure for hundreds of families of MIA or POW veterans in recent years, many others are still waiting.
As of now there are still over 83,000 service members listed as missing from foreign wars. According to this new internal study, Military officials suggest the Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of missing Americans has been a total failure.
For these Military officials it seems it's less about cleaning up our history record. 5 News talked with local vets who had a very different opinion. For them, its about fulfilling a promise to the families of those missing no matter how long it takes.
"Sometimes they have to recreate the entire battle scene in order to find these people, so just the fact that their still finding, and working on finding all of the remains they can, they are finding them, so i think they're doing a wonderful job." said Chuck Haney, Commander VFW Post 7048
Local vets also told me that they can understand the Military's frustrations. But no matter how long it takes, they just want to see their brothers make it back home.