SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – NOVEMBER 14: Carol Start (cq) of Georgetown, Maine (Cq) at the Department of Defense’s event for MIA military members at the DoubleTree hotel in South Portland, ME on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Start is attending the event for her uncle, Army Sergeant Christopher Vars, who was taken as a prisoner of war during the Battle of Chosin River(cq). His remains were found by the Defense Department’s initiative in September of this year, and Smart’s family was finally able to have a funeral for her uncle in October of this year. “We got the news on what would’ve been my dad’s 107th birthday, that they had found him. In 2012, I went to one of these conferences in Providence, RH, and we learned about DNA. I left with such encouragement. I just knew he’d be coming home. There was a doubting Thomas or two in my family that said ‘Ain’t gonna happen in my lifetime,’ but I kept saying, ‘You better be ready,'” Start said. (Photo by Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer)

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