Category Archive: Families

‘I Feel Closer to My Brother’: Families of Fallen Helicopter Pilots Unite with Veterans to Heal

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“I feel closer to my brother.” Julie Kink held back some tears as she addressed a crowd of more than 100 Gold Star families on the morning of August 26, 2015. Kink is the sister… Continue reading

After hosting The Wall That Heals, San Diego Declares Aug. 4 “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Day”d

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In the spring of this year, San Diego was gearing up volunteers, military families and native Diegans to support the arrival of The Wall That Heals (TWTH), a half-scale replica of The Wall in D.C.… Continue reading

These Minnesotans Lead Effort To Find 1,075 Photos

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“The work of the Minnesotans, including local vets, to find 1,075 photos is a monumental achievement,” said Jessica McBride, a journalism instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. McBride was able to track down… Continue reading

More Than 40 Years Later, Air Force Captain Accounted For, Honored in D.C.

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 Written by Communications Intern, Kalli McCoy On December 30, 1969, Captain Douglas David Ferguson of Tacoma, Washington was on an armed reconnaissance mission over Houaphan Province, Laos. After his F-4D Phantom II aircraft crashed, he would remain… Continue reading

Ceremony on Mother’s Day to honor seven name additions, five status changes to The Wall

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Each spring, VVMF works with the Department of Defense (DOD) to ensure that The Wall is accurate. When MIAs are recovered in Vietnam or when an appeal has been approved for addition to… Continue reading

Commemorating 40 Years Since Operation Frequent Wind

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Co-written by Kalli McCoy Operation Frequent Wind was the last phase in the evacuation of American civilians and “at risk” Vietnamese from Saigon, and took place April 29th and April 30th, 1975. Operation Frequent Wind… Continue reading

50 Years Later, Vietnam Still Matters

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March 8, 2015 marked 50 years since the first brigade-strength U.S. Marine unit arrived in Vietnam. On March 8, 1965, nearly 5,000 Marines from the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed to defend the American air… Continue reading

Items Left at The Wall Tell Stories of Healing, Loss

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The Wall has become a sacred place where millions have come to reflect, remember, and heal from a war that is still affecting a nation today. Many are moved to leave items for the… Continue reading

A Selfless Hero: The Story of Donald Sloat

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Written by Communications Intern, Kalli McCoy On January 17th, 1970, Donald Sloat went above and beyond the call of duty when he unhesitatingly covered an enemy grenade with his body, shielding and saving soldiers… Continue reading

A Soldier’s Final Christmas Gift

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During the holidays, we imagine families gathering together, holding each other close, and exchanging presents for those we care about. This joyous time of  year is a reminder of giving, goodwill, and togetherness, but… Continue reading