Heartbreak, Hope in Quest to Add 74 Names to Vietnam Memorial

New Hope?

Members of the Evans Association have tried fruitlessly for years to have their fallen comrades and family members recognized. Three previous attempts to create legislation to add the names did not get far -- all three failed to make it out of congressional committees.

So, members of the Association and Schiff, the California lawmaker, decided to take a more direct route: lobby the Pentagon.

The secretary of defense can order names added to the memorial, but the congressman said his lobbying attempts on two previous secretaries had little traction. Schiff said he is hopeful that the first Vietnam veteran to serve in this position will help Kraus and the rest of the Evans Association in their effort. But the department has refused to show its cards.

“Rep. Schiff discussed his concerns during a visit to the Pentagon,” Lt. Commander Nate Christensen, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement to ABC News. “The Department is aware of the representative's concerns."

No matter what, Kraus promises his group will not give up.

“We’re not quitting,” he said. “We're going to keep pursuing it and pursuing it and pursuing it until someone realizes this is the right thing to do.”

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