Repatriation is the liaison between the Marine Corps, the U.S. Government, and the next of kin of all Marines unaccounted for from previous conflicts.
- Collects, evaluates, and disseminates to next of kin, and other interested government agencies, all information and reports concerning gravesite investigations/excavations, live sightings, and refugee interviews.
- Maintains direct and continuous contact with family members of Marines unaccounted for from previous conflicts, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL).
- Maintains contact with organizations such as the National League of POW/MIA Families, the Korea/Cold War Families of the Missing and the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs.
- Ensures families receive timely information concerning their loss, when the cause and circumstances of a casualty incident are readily identifiable either through the preliminary inquiry or other means.
- Organize and attend all Family Member Updates, including the National League of Families and the Korea/Cold War Annual meetings.
- Ensure recovery and identification packages are correct and complete.
- Organize and conduct the presentation of the recovery and identification to the next of kin.
- Organize and coordinate Memorials and Burials of unaccounted for Marines.
- Organize and coordinate travel to burial, ground transportation and lodging for family members of Marines upon recovery and identification.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency-West (DPAA-W), Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) notifies Headquarters Marine Corps Casualty Repatriation Section when an unaccounted for Marine has been recovered and identified. Headquarters Marine Corps Casualty Repatriation Section will coordinate presentation/delivery of this information to the Primary Next of Kin of the Marine's family.