Honoring and keeping the faith to a grateful Nation’s warriors, the RE Mitchell Center’s mission has remained steady and true ever since Operation Homecoming (1973). The course is guided by:


Vision: An American team of physically healthy and psychologically strong warriors, families, and civilians whose resilience and physical fitness enables them to survive/perform and thrive in both the military and civilian sectors and to meet a wide range of operational demands.

Mission: Provide evidence-based, captivity-related, medical lessons learned in order to equip and train medical and line/fleet forces for real world operations.

Goal: Determine the long term physical and psychological effects related to POW internment.


  • Provide study results to the Department of Defense for integration into training future warriors
  • Develop, propose, and conduct retrospective and prospective studies
  • Build captivity-related longitudinal medical and psychological database
  • Provide results to repatriated prisoner of war, enabling routine health maintenance and disability documentation
  • Conduct medical and psychological evaluations on repatriated prisoners of war, the control group, and germane eligible beneficiaries

The RE Mitchell Center subject matter expertise is recognized. The Executive Director serves as an advisor to the Congressionally mandated VA Advisory Committee on Former Prisoners of War and works closely with the VA on POW related matters including identifying medical and psychological conditions related to captivity.

The Mitchell Center’s recent work on bone density resulted in the VA’s adapting a new POW-specific service-connected presumptive diagnosis of osteoporosis for disability compensation.

The Mitchell Center provided the Navy and Air Force medical and psychological information for adjudicating applications for Combat-Related Special Compensation. It also helped design the Emotional Fitness Training module of the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness Program.

Furthermore, the Mitchell Center contributed to the new DoD repatriation instructions and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency’s plans for repatriation of future American POWs.