I just found this out, guess I've been living in a cave.

When it was developed and fielded the POW/MIA flag represented live men,

Since that time, the U.S. government has gotten involved and officially "killed" the one POW/MIA representative of all POW/MIAs from the Vietnam debacle as of 1994, the message being there are no more live POW/MIAs being held in captivity in Southeast Asia.

Now the flag, in the eyes of the government, represents dead men