Your October News from VVMF

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NEWSLETTER, OCTOBER 2011

The President’s Letter
The dream we all share is to build the place on the National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifices will never be forgotten. All visitors to the Education Center at The Wall will be invited to share the stories, honor the history, and reflect on the values of the American patriots who have given so much.  Read More.


HISTORY® Joins VVMF To Support National Call For Photos

HISTORY and VVMF will kick off this combined campaign with a ceremony in New York City at Military Island in Time Square, on Tuesday, October 11th. During the ceremony, New Yorkers will be asked to participate in this national initiative to gather photographs and stories of the 58,272 men and women listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Special guests for the event include Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Medal of Honor recipient Paul Bucha.

Read more about this partnership and the event in New York City by clicking here.


National Call for Photos Presses On
The National Call for Photos campaign has been highly successful to date – collecting over 21,000 photos.  The top states for collection include: Maryland, Mississippi, and North Dakota – each amassing over 94% of their state photograph goals.  Thanks to collaborative efforts from volunteers, staff, and the families of the fallen, VVMF continues to accumulate photos on a daily basis, ensuring that those who served and sacrificed are never forgotten. Read More.


Deadline for Veterans Day Ceremony RSVP
On Friday, November 11, VVMF will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Wall.  This ceremony includes speeches by prominent Americans from both public and private offices, as well as the traditional laying of wreaths at its conclusion: a custom that has become a powerfully emotional experience.  Click Here to RSVP.


Planned Gift Provides Touching Glimpse of Generosity

VVMF’s planned giving program has been generously bestowed with many heartfelt gifts from all over the country since the establishment of its “Wall Society” earlier this year.  Its members include those who have agreed to contribute significant portions of their wills, trusts, and assets toward VVMF’s ongoing volunteer and education programs.
The inspiration for these generous donations lies in the story of Mrs. Carol Haberchak, a long-time supporter of the Fund.  Mrs. Haberchak was deeply moved by the sacrifice of her first love, who sadly lost his life in Vietnam.  Read More.

VVMF Achieves High Charitable Ratings
VVMF has been recently distinguished with honors from some of the leading charitable research institutions as well as trusted consumer sources.

  •  Great NonProfits, a nonprofit consumer review organization, gave VVMF a 5/5 rating, judged on unanimous assessments by its volunteers and contributors;
  • VVMF’s financials, transparency, and program impacts earned 4/4 stars from Charity Navigator, and the GuideStar Exchange Seal of Approval;
  • In addition, the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance awarded VVMF with its coveted Accredited Charity Seal of Approval based on a 20-point review of its effectiveness in doing business in a fair and honest manner.

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Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Authorized by Congress, its most recent initiative is building The Education Center at The Wall, an underground facility near the Memorial that is designed to add faces to all the names on The Wall and tell their stories to future generations. Other Memorial Fund initiatives include educational programs for students and teachers, and a traveling Wall replica.
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