How the ‘In Memory’ program helped widow of Vietnam vet find peace after loss

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Betty Kelly lost her husband, Dennis A. Kelly, when he passed away from illnesses related to his exposure to Agent Orange in 2012. Dennis was a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps and… Continue reading

Thanksgiving meal in Vietnam now part of holiday ritual

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“Buddy, you got a million dollar wound!”   The voice drifted down through a thick hazy fog of anesthesia, but as I clawed towards consciousness I remembered thinking I’d never heard more promising… Continue reading

This is what a donation to VVMF goes to

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VVMF receives no government funding. When a donation is made to VVMF – it goes to programs that help us further our mission to honor those who served and sacrificed in Vietnam, preserve… Continue reading

They devote their time to honor the fallen, their “aunts and uncles” on The Wall

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Huong Le and Thao Phung have come to The Wall since 2011 to honor the service and sacrifice of the more than 58,000 American service members who gave their all in the Vietnam… Continue reading

‘In Memory’: A day to honor Vietnam veterans who returned home and later died

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On a sweltering day in Washington, D.C., thousands of loved ones joined together on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. June 16 was a day set aside to honor Vietnam veterans… Continue reading

5 items left at The Wall by mothers of the fallen tell stories of love

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They say there is nothing like a mother’s love. Its power can have a lasting impact on the children who have been shaped by their words, strength and compassion. A Gold Star Mother… Continue reading

343 Vietnam veterans to be honored through the In Memory program in 2018

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VVMF’s In Memory program honors Vietnam veterans who returned home and later died as a result of their service. These veterans are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines. In Memory is… Continue reading

‘He nurtured his soul’: How one Vietnam vet spread love to every part of his life

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The first thing you read on the In Memory Honor Roll page for James Reed is that he “nurtured his soul.” James passed away on May 2, 2012 from complications resulting from his… Continue reading

How one woman is honoring the unsung heroes of ‘Operation Babylift’

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Weeks shy of the Fall of Saigon, President Gerald Ford authorized the evacuation of South Vietnamese orphans and displaced children to the United States on April 3, 1975. The effort was called Operation… Continue reading

A mighty spirit: Dad remembered for amazing strength in face of complications from Agent Orange exposure

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You could tell Leo was surrounded by love by watching the smiles on his children’s faces at In Memory Day on June 17, 2017. His three daughters stood next to each other, faces… Continue reading