Deadlines Are Approaching for VVMF’s In Memory Day

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In Memory Deadlines Are Approaching
VVMF’s In Memory Day Ceremony will be held on April 18 at 10 a.m. While this may seem far off, deadlines for submitting applications for the In Memory program and the special hotel room rate from the Washington Marriott are both fast approaching.

The In Memory program honors those who died as a result of the Vietnam War, but whose deaths do not fit the Department of Defense criteria for inclusion on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

VVMF is still accepting applications for individuals to be included in this year’s In Memory Day Ceremony, but you must act quickly: the application deadline is Monday, Jan. 31. If you know someone whose death was related to Vietnam War involvement and you would like to see that person honored in the In Memory program, click here to download the In Memory application. The application must be returned, along with a copy of the death certificate, proof of service in Vietnam, a clear photograph of the honoree and a short biography, by Jan. 31.

You can visit the National Personnel Records Center website to learn how to obtain proof of service in Vietnam.

VVMF has obtained a special hotel rate for ceremony attendees from the Washington Marriott, located at 22nd and M Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. Under the special rate, rooms are available at $194 (plus tax) per night for April 15-19, 2011. Reservations must be made on or by Thursday, March 17. To make a reservation, call the Washington Marriott directly at 1.800.228.9290 or 202.872.1500 and reference the special Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund 2011 In Memory Room Block rate.

If you miss the room rate deadline, you can contact the Washington, D.C. accommodations hotline for assistance at 1.800.554.2220 or www.dcaccommodations.com.

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VVMF Mourns the Passing of John P. “Jack” Wheeler III
VVMF and the entire veterans community were shocked and saddened to learn about the death of John P. “Jack” Wheeler III late last month.

Wheeler’s body was discovered on New Year’s Eve in Newark, Delaware. His death has been ruled a homicide, but in the weeks following the announcement, no arrests have been made and little new evidence has been made public.

Wheeler was part of a group of Vietnam veterans who led the fight in the early 1980s to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He was VVMF’s first chairman of the board.

“There is much speculation about how Jack Wheeler died,” said Jan C. Scruggs, VVMF founder and president. “At VVMF, we prefer to remember his life and his many achievements. He helped give our country the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which has helped our nation grieve and heal. We are forever grateful for his contributions.”

Click here to read a statement by Jan Scruggs about the life and achievements of Jack Wheeler.

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Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project Gets a Boost from HISTORY
VVMF’s Hometown Heroes Service Learning Project will soon be enjoying greater visibility thanks to our partners at HISTORY (formerly The History Channel), which is including a Hometown Heroes ad in its Idea Book for Educators.

The Idea Book for Educators is the biannual free magazine for teachers published by A&E Television Networks that reaches approximately 300,000 educators. It includes teacher’s guides for programs featured during the commercial-free “Classroom” time slots, information about upcoming initiatives and the latest news from partner organizations. The Hometown Heroes ad will appear in the Idea Book coming out this month.

VVMF partnered with the Veterans History Project and HISTORY to create Hometown Heroes last year. This guide gives teachers tips on how to find veterans in the community, bring them into the classroom and record their stories. Hometown Heroes can be downloaded from www.buildthecenter.org.

You can learn more about HISTORY’s programs for educators and find additional resources by visiting History Classroom at www.history.com/classroom or A&E Classroom at www.aetv.com/classroom. Sign up to receive the Idea Book at http://www.biography.com/classroom/ideabook.jsp.

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VVMF and the Close Up Foundation Launch 2011 Teacher Training
VVMF and the Close Up Foundation are partnering once again in 2011 to offer Vietnam War-focused training to educators around the country. Close Up offers its one-of-a-kind training to over 1,000 educators each year, bringing them to our nation’s capital and using the surroundings as a “learning lab” to show them how to make history and democracy come alive for their students.

Close Up partners with curriculum specialists, including VVMF, to bring specialized training to teachers. In VVMF’s half-day sessions, participants may hear ideas from seasoned instructors about creative ways to get students focused on lessons about the Vietnam War. Or they may receive an in-depth review of the resources available to help teach the Vietnam War era in their classrooms, including a variety of resources from VVMF. Each Close Up/VVMF teacher training seminar includes a trip to The Wall.

The first of this year’s seminars took place on Jan. 18 at VVMF headquarters and included 30 teacher participants. Other sessions scheduled for the first half of this year include: Jan. 28, Mar. 3, Apr. 26, May 3 and May 9.

If you are a teacher who is interested in attending one of these sessions or know someone who might be, you can get more information by visiting www.closeup.org or contacting Rose Steller, manager of teacher programs, at rsteller@closeup.org or info@closeup.org.

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Weider History Group Offers Discounts to Friends of VVMF
VVMF supporters can now subscribe to a variety of military and history magazines at deeply discounted prices for a limited time, thanks to an ongoing partnership between VVMF and the Weider History Group, which publishes the magazines.

The discounted titles include Vietnam, Armchair General, America’s Civil War and Civil War Times, which are being offered for the special price of $19.95 per year, and World War II, which is being offered for $21.95. In addition to the discounts for VVMF supporters, Weider History Group has also pledged to donate $2 from each subscription to VVMF. This special deal will be in effect for the next six months.

Each of these magazines assembles rich and informative essays, editorials and analyses that allow readers to enhance their understanding of these crucial times in our nation’s history.

To learn more about the titles being offered at a discount, click here to visit the special VVMF section of the Weider History Group website. When you check out, enter the promotion code “90vvmf” to get the special price for these magazines.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about this great land and make a significant contribution to VVMF.

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In the News
Vietnam Veteran Honored
TimesRecordNews.com; Jan. 19, 2011

Texas Hero: Anthony Armbruster of Orange
TheRecordLive.com, Jan. 12, 2011

A Snowy January Night at The Wall
SusanKatzKeating.com; Jan. 12, 2011

John P. Wheeler III, 1944-2010
Time.com; Jan. 4, 2011

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund meets the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability. Combined Federal Campaign #11070. United Way #1184.

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