So, you've adopted a missing hero, written some letters
and sent some emails, and joined the OJC
Ring. Excellent! You've still got more you need
to do, a yearning to be more involved. Super!
Operation Just Cause has been around a long time. We've
had our own domain (ojc.org) since 1997. Prior to that OJC was a bunch
of individuals who had pages for different parts of operations. If someone
moved to a different ISP (like AOL to Earthlink) they put their pages up
on the new site and we all had to change our links to accomodate the change.
It was a hassle but nobody seemed to mind. We were a small,
tight group, with fires in our bellies, looking for some action! Many of
those great people have stepped back from the front line. Others have passed
on to a place where they have the answers we are fighting for. While we
miss them dearly, we also envy their new position.
This comes back to the topic of volunteering. Everyone
here at OJC is volunteering; whether we have been here for a few days or
from the beginning. Most of us have had to back off for a while at some
point. Maybe the job got too demanding, or life was throwing too much our
way, or the task of going through incident reports (looking for the right
adoptee to match with a new member) just got to be too much. And
many have made it back to continue the fight on a daily basis.
The point of all this is that when you are new to the
POW/MIA issues you are ready to do whatever it takes to get these heroes
home. NOW! Well, NOW! is not going to happen. If it were, we would
all have moved on to fighting other dragons. Our slogan is "for as long
as it takes".
For as long as it takes we will keep fighting this fight.
We will get new members to replace those whose flame died and they just
went away. We will keep writing our letters, and posting our pages, and
meeting together whenever and wherever possible. We will now stop just
because no one has been returned to us alive. Yet. We will stick with this
because it is the right thing to do and, by God, we are going to do it!
Maybe we'll never see a Vietnam soldier released and returned to us alive.
But our voice will be added to those of parent, sibling, spouse, and friend
of those new-missing heroes of current conflicts and wars.
If you have some time and some fire in your belly, or
just a determination to keep the fight going for as long as it takes, let
us know. There isn't anything here that it too hard to learn. There isn't
anything here that requires hours of work everyday. But there is a lot
of work that always needs doing. And there are projects that need someones
guiding hand. And there are too many people that don't have any idea that
so many people have been left behind by our own government, our elected
When we get to a place where we can truely say, "Nobody
gets left behind", and it is an immediate and lasting truth; then, and
only then, can we stop to consider if our efforts are still needed.
For those members interested in becoming a part of the
Operation Just Cause Staff, please CLICK!
The requirements are straight forward. You need to:
Not sure? It doesn't hurt to ask.
Have adopted and made a page for your adopted Prisoner of
War, Missing in Action, or Killed in Action (bnr-body not recovered) service
Have joined our OJC Ring and have an active ring status.
Be ready to give us your name and address and a contact phone
number. (This information is not disclosed to non-staff or to staff without
a direct reason for having the information.)
Be able to react to member and non-member inquiries with
polite and professional responses even if they are the umpeenth person
to ask you that very same question! (We probably need to make something
clearer on one or more of our pages.)