SAN ANTONIO -- There are more than 80,000 service men and women that sacrificed their lives in combat and their remains never made it home. The goal of the non-profit MIA Hunters is to find all the Missing in Action and finally bring them home.
Matt Tumlinson is part of the organization and is planning a fundraiser called "Miles for MIAs." He's beginning a 260 mile kayaking journey next Friday, down the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers, down to the Gulf of Mexico. His goal is to raise $15,000 so he can go on an MIA Hunters mission overseas and help find fallen heroes.
"If I was to lose a loved one over there, it would make me feel so much better to know that their final resting place is the country they died fighting for," he said.
Tumlinson said MIA Hunters is the most successful civilian search group in the world.
"We've located over 500 soldiers so far, from Papua New Guinea to Italy," he said.
The organization is funded through donations and fundraisers and "that relates ultimately to how many guys we can bring home," he said.
If you'd like to find out more information or make a donation to the MIA Hunters, check out their website