WASHINGTON, October 28, 2009 — The national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. recently returned from a 12-day trip to Europe to urge the Russian government to revitalize the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, and to meet with American servicemembers stationed in Italy to discuss how VFW can better serve them and their families. In Moscow, Thomas J. Tradewell Sr. met with members from both houses of the Russian Federation’s parliament, as well as the leadership of two prominent veterans’ organizations. His message was for them to urge their government back to the Joint Commission. He said an exchange of diplomatic notes in July was a positive step forward, but Russia has yet to act. “The diplomatic note was viewed as a sign that they would quickly revive their end of the Joint Commission,” said Tradewell, a Vietnam veteran from Sussex, Wis., “but Russia has yet to appoint a new co-chairman, and U.S. researchers are still barred from their central military archives, which hampers research efforts and further diminishes the hopes of American families everywhere. “The Russian government needs to do what they said they would do,” he said.