Name Additions on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial bring total number inscribed on The Wall to 58,279

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Status Symbols changed for three service members whose remains were repatriated in 2019 Each spring, VVMF works with the Department of Defense to make updates to The Wall. If the Department of Defense… Continue reading

Left at The Wall: Prosthetic leg symbolizes the lingering toll of war

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After the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. was built, visitors began unexpectedly leaving items of remembrance as a way of honoring those who served. Since the dedication of The Wall in 1982,… Continue reading

My Dad and Agent Orange: Why it’s personal to me

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This blog post was written by Heidi Zimmerman I want to share with you why this Agent Orange Awareness Day is personal to me. My Dad served our country proudly in the United… Continue reading

First panel of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial unveiled on July 21, 1982

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The first inscribed panel of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 9W, was unveiled during a ceremony on July 21, 1982 in Washington, D.C. Family members of four service members whose names were on… Continue reading

Shedding candlelight on Agent Orange awareness

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The Vietnam War officially ended 45 years ago, but for many veterans the fighting continued after they got home. Exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam has claimed the lives of an estimated 300,000… Continue reading

Keeping the Republic: How I’ll be observing this Independence Day

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This post was written by VVMF President and CEO Jim Knotts There’s a famous story — apocryphal, maybe — about the birth of the U.S. Constitution. As Benjamin Franklin was leaving Independence Hall… Continue reading

How a Vietnam draftee found peace volunteering at The Wall

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Michael Mc Mahon was drafted to serve in the military in December 1968 and served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division from June 1969 to June 1970. Michael has been a Vietnam… Continue reading

Q&A with John Pighini, military advisor for ‘The Last Full Measure’

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Airman First Class William “Pits” Pitsenbarger was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross in 1966. The 2019 film “The Last Full Measure” dramatizes the effort to have his award upgraded to the Medal… Continue reading

591 Vietnam veterans to be honored through the In Memory program in 2020

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Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have died each year due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD/suicide, cancer and other causes related to their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In… Continue reading

A Hero’s Welcome: How a pilot missing for 52 years came home

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After 52 years,  U.S. Air Force Col. Peter J. Stewart, missing from the Vietnam War, came home. Missing in Action  On March 15, 1966, Stewart was the pilot of a two-seater F-4C aircraft.… Continue reading