Category Archive: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

‘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

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

Memories 40 Years after the end of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975. The city of Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam and was captured by communist troops from the North. There were three million Vietnamese and more than… 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

Sharing the Legacies of Vietnam Veterans: Spotlight on Wall Volunteer Dan Kirby

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Co-written by Kalli McCoy Since its dedication in 1982, The Wall has been a solemn place to reflect, honor, and remember. It holds the names of those who gave all for their country… Continue reading

Angels of War: A Vietnam Nurse

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“I learned so many lessons, but it took me years to put them into words or concrete thoughts. Vietnam hardened me.” One tour in Vietnam was more than enough for Janis Nark, who served as… Continue reading

Honoring Vietnam Heroes on Medal of Honor Day

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On this Medal of Honor Day, we honor our nation’s bravest and most courageous veterans. The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President of the United States,… 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