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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

Vietnam Vet Talks Legacy, Remembers Fallen Daughter

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By Dr. Michael McClung I enlisted in the Marines on Mother’s Day 1964 and served until 1979. During deployments to Vietnam and Okinawa, I left my wife and two children and was away… Continue reading

The Wall brings reflection to student decades after Vietnam War

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In October of 2014, a group of students from Bethesda Chevy-Chase (B-CC) High School made a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. During their visit, they learned about the impact of war, listened… Continue reading

Veterans Day at The Wall to bring thousands together to celebrate service

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Each year on Veterans Day, thousands of veterans and their families congregate at The Wall to remember and to honor those who served in the U.S. armed forces. On these special days, prominent… Continue reading

Students preserve history of local veterans

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By VVMF Education intern, Rae Rudzinski. “I’ve been teaching for a long time,” says Susan Tomlinson, a U.S. history teacher at Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, “and I know the most amazing… Continue reading