It's a black flag that's come to symbolize the effort to bring our missing men and women and uniform home. But did you know, the men and women behind that silhouette with POW/MIA are also out serving more than just those who've also served.
“Patriotism isn’t something that you teach, or you can teach, it’s something you feel,” says Jennifer “Bluuue” Bowen with POW/MIA.
It's with that spirit that members of the POW/MIA organization go about raising awareness for the more than 80,000 Americans still missing in action overseas.
“There are more than 83,000 families that don’t have closure,” Bowen said.
But maybe less well known is what members do for the veterans back at home. Whenever possible, they pay a visit to who Jennifer calls "our heroes on the hill" at the Idaho State Veterans Home. Talking, listening, donating time and money, and building friendships with our men and women in uniform.
“Quality time spent with those men and women who have dedicated and committed a lot to our country for our freedoms that we all live with every day is immeasurable actually,” said Bowen.
Also for the past seven years the group has come together for the Bikers for Blood Blood Drive. It got started after one member's son was injured in a serious accident.
“When we asked the family, ‘what can we do, (they said) if you could just replace the blood that we’ve had to use for him, that would be awesome,’” Bowen said.
So whether it's sparing a little time or a pint, Bowen says volunteering is all about finding something you enjoy.
“As long as you have a passion for what you’re doing and where you’re volunteering, it’s a win-win situation no matter how you look at it,” said Bowen.
For more information on how you can serve across East Idaho you can visit SeIdahoVolunteer.org