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Military Family Still Waiting To See Soldier After 47 Years

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(WLNS) - For many military families in mid-Michigan this story hits close to home.

6 News Joe Khalil spoke to a family who's been waiting for decades for their POW. They still haven’t given up hope.

"This is right before he became missing."

Mary Torok has been waiting more than 47 years to see her father again.

"I remember a lot about him. Even though I was very young I remember him coming home on leave and surprising us. I remember family getting around when he was home on leave,” said Mary Torok, daughter of POW.

Art Wright served in Korea and Vietnam. He was last seen on a mission in Vietnam in 1967. Since then he’s been considered a POW missing in action.

Though the army declared Wright presumed dead a decade later, his wife 83-year-old Uvah Wright has been waiting for him to walk through her door.

In her Lansing home his picture is prominently displayed on each of her four walls.

Reporter: "You're still hoping to get some answers?"”

Uvah Wright, wife of POW: "Still hoping."

Reporter: "You're not giving up after all this time?"

Uvah Wright: "No."

She says the worst part is not knowing.

Reporter: "Was that frustrating for you?"

Uvah Wright: "A little bit, but I had four kids to raise."

"We're still waiting for him,” said Uvah.

Mary, only eight at the time took on the burden of helping her mom raise three young boys.

She says reflecting on the holidays and monumental family moments her father missed has made her ultra-sympathetic to Bowe Burgdahl's family.

It's a story she says she couldn't ignore.

"I'm just glad they got him home, I’ve been watching it.--(sigh)"

Despite the frustrated sigh, she and her mom can teach us all a lesson in faith and undying hope.
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