Based in Arlington, Virginia, VVMF (the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund) is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. Incorporated on April 27, 1979 by a group of veterans led by Jan C. Scruggs, the organization sought a tangible symbol of recognition from the American people for those who served in the war.
The result was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (commonly referred to as The Wall), which has become one of the most visited memorials in Washington, D.C. with an estimated 5.6 million annual visitors.
Since the dedication of The Wall, VVMF has pursued a mission of preserving the legacy of The Wall, promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War. Our latest initiative is the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Education Center will show the pictures and tell the stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, provide a rich educational experience on the Vietnam War, show some of the more than 400,000 items left at The Wall, and celebrate the values exhibited by America’s service members in all wars.
The mission of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War.
The vision of VVMF is to ensure a society in which all who have served and sacrificed in our nation's Armed Forces are properly honored and receive the recognition they justly deserve.
- Exemplify the Ideals Embodied by America’s Armed Services
- Act With Integrity in All We Do
- Perform With Excellence
VVMF continues in its mission through numerous activities that include:
CARE AND PRESERVATION OF THE MEMORIAL SITE
VVMF takes an active role concerning the physical needs of the three acre site on which the Vietnam Veterans Memorial rests. VVMF partners with the National Park Service (NPS) to care for The Wall, the Three Servicemen Statue, the flagpole, and the In Memory plaque. Annually, VVMF inscribes new names and makes status changes on the Memorial. VVMF provides nearly 100 volunteers with the necessary supplies to continue their work, including Name Directories and name rubbing materials.
Learn more about how we care for the Memorial here: www.vvmf.org/Memorial_Preservation
WALL OF FACES
The Wall of Faces connects a face and a story to each of the more than 58,300 names on The Wall. Collected photos are displayed online at VVMF’s Wall of Faces which features a page for each person whose name is on the Memorial. These pages allow family and friends to share memories, post pictures and connect with each other. The photos will also be displayed in the future Education Center at The Wall.
To see the Wall of Faces, go to: www.vvmf.org/thewall
For information on how to submit a photo, go to: www.vvmf.org/how-to-submit
ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL – THE VIRTUAL COLLECTION
Since The Wall was dedicated in 1982, more than 400,000 items have been left by visitors as remembrances and tributes. The National Park Service (NPS) collects, catalogs, and preserves these objects as part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial collection, with curatorial support from VVMF. The virtual collection includes the curatorial records of a small portion of the items that have been left at The Wall over the years. Once the Education Center is funded and constructed, approximately 4,000-6,000 items will be on public display.
To see the virtual collection, go to: www.vvmf.org/items
CEREMONIES AT THE WALL
Each year, VVMF holds several ceremonies at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to help carry out its mission to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day draw thousands to The Wall and allow the public to remember and pay tribute to friends and loved ones whose names are inscribed on the Memorial as well as those veterans who returned home.
To see information on all of VVMF’s ceremonies, go to www.vvmf.org/ceremonies
THE WALL THAT HEALS
The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit features a half-scale replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C. The exterior sides of the trailer that carries The Wall That Heals open to become a mobile Education Center. Information cases display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with items left¬ at The Wall in D.C. Since it was unveiled in 1996, it has visited more than 400 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.
To see where the exhibit is headed next, go to www.vvmf.org/twth
VVMF’s In Memory program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, but are not eligible for inscription on The Wall under Department of Defense guidelines. Examples of causes of death that fit the criteria for inclusion in the program include: exposure to Agent Orange, PTSD/suicide, cancer, diabetes, and heart attack.
For information on how to apply or to see the virtual In Memory Honor Roll, which includes a remembrance page for each veteran honored, go to: www.vvmf.org/inmemory
VVMF develops and distributes comprehensive and balanced education materials that help students learn about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.
To explore our interactive timeline, see our curriculum guides and other educational materials, go to: www.vvmf.org/education
THE EDUCATION CENTER AT THE WALL
To ensure that current and future generations never forget the impact of the Vietnam era, VVMF is in the fundraising stages to build the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be an interactive learning facility on the National Mall that will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall and honor America's Legacy of Service, including those serving in our nation's Armed Forces today.
For more information on the campaign to build the Center and take a look at what will be inside, go to: www.vvmf.org/thecenter