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Australia Commemorates Vietnam Veterans Day, 50 Years Since First Deployment

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The statement below is credited to the Australian Government, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Today, 18 August,  is Vietnam Veterans Day in Australia,  the day on which the service of the 60,000 Australian men and women who… Continue reading

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the National Park Service Unveil Items Left at The Wall – The Virtual Collection

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More than 400,000 items have been left at The Wall. Each item symbolizes messages to the more than 58,000 who died in Vietnam, showing the true cost of war, and that a nation… Continue reading

The Things He Left Behind: A Sister’s Emotional Journey to Honor Brother Through His Art

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Written by Communications Intern Kalli McCoy “As a child I was in awe of his eye for color.” Angela Sriram of Baltimore, Maryland recalls the memory of her brother, George, who died in the… Continue reading

These Were The First Two Americans Killed in the Vietnam War

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Escalation and widespread attention towards the war in Vietnam may not have hit televisions and media with a loud “bang” before 1965, but American advisors were arriving, almost silently, on Southeast Asia soil.… Continue reading

Lost to PTSD, Agent Orange: Veteran to Receive the ‘Welcome Home’ He Never Had

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Mike Bartkowiak was just 16 years old when he volunteered for the Vietnam War in 1968. Stationed in Germany and Thailand, he was sent to Vietnam in 1971. While there, he volunteered to be a… Continue reading

Vietnam Veteran Educates Boise Students on History and Life

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by Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “You can read about history, but there’s nothing quite like hearing it firsthand,” said David Skinner, an Advanced Placement United States History teacher at Bishop Kelly High… Continue reading

Building Community through Remembrance: The Wall that Heals Visits Rainier, Oregon

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By Melanie Lowry, Education Outreach Intern “People this far from Washington, D.C. should still get to see the Wall,” said David Placido, student and history club historian at Rainier Junior/Senior High School in… Continue reading

10 ways to honor veterans in 2015

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2014 was great to VVMF. Fourteen U.S. service members took their rightful place next to their fallen brothers and sisters on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial during our Name Additions on Mother’s Day Ceremony.… 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

Remembering My Dad: Son’s personal journey inspires others

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Mario Ybarra Jr. never knew his father. PFC Mario Ybarra was killed as a result of a gunshot wound to the head on March 5, 1966 in the Quang Ngai Province of Vietnam. His death came just… Continue reading