August 5, 2013

Organization aims to help missing, exploited children

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — This U.S. Army veteran wants to do everything in his power to help missing and exploited children while lending a hand to his fellow veterans, as well.

Holden Barnhart, president and founder of Veterans for Missing and Exploited Children, said his organization has only been around for about three months. He said he was inspired to form the non-profit organization after the disappearance of Kathlynn Shepard was reported.

Barnhart explained that when a child goes missing, Veterans for Missing and Exploited Children will utilize unemployed veterans to help law enforcement with the search. He noted that they'll use a wide variety of equipment during their search efforts.

Barnhart said the group, Kathlynn's Hope, asked him to come to Edmundson Park this past weekend to set up a booth and get the word out about child safety and the current laws in Iowa regarding sex offenders and kidnapping suspects.

“As our population grows, you can see the number of abductions going up, as well,” explained Barnhart.

To learn more about Veterans for Missing and Exploited Children, visit http://www.vfmaec.com.


Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at news2@oskyherald.com.