PTSD Awareness Day

Be the Light in the Dark

Some left Vietnam but Vietnam didn’t leave them. Nearly 3 million service members served in Vietnam and most returned home. But since then, thousands of Vietnam veterans have battled PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – and it has impacted their lives and the lives of their families in many ways. Returning without a proper homecoming compounded the issues veterans faced upon their return.

On June 27, 2021 – National PTSD Awareness Day – we brought light to the continuing toll of the war. The Vietnam War may be over, but the battle continues for many Vietnam veterans and their families to this day.

Learn more about PTSD

PTSD Awareness Shirt

VVMF’s PTSD Awareness Day shirt campaign has ended.  Thank you for your support!  

A couple of important notes:

  • Each shirt sale fundraising campaign will have set dates open for ordering shirts, beginning on the opening date and orders will be collected until the closing date. Shirt orders will be printed after the campaign closes.
  • All shirts will be shipped out at one time after the sale closing date with an estimated delivery date of approximately two to three weeks after the closing date of the sale (around June 25th).
  • No shirts will be sold anywhere else.  You must purchase your shirt as part of this fundraising campaign.
  • All proceeds from the shirts benefit VVMF’s programs.

Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.




PTSD Awareness

Your Messages

Your PTSD Candle Messages: 

Ruth Ann from Tucumcari, NM

Message: Always in my thoughts and prayers!


Lynda from Holyoke, MA

Message: Always Loved… Never Forgotten… Forever in my heart.  You were the BEST.


Peter from Santa Maria, CA

Message: Art Benedict Pfc 101 infantry Yankee Division 1944


Cheryl from Park Ridge, IL

Message: Be at peace now Ed…your demons are gone.  I love you forever and a day.


Mary Victoria Burr from Fairfax, VA

Message: ‘Best Big Brother Award’  You saved MY life more than once!  4ever love


Rebecca from Ekron, KY

Message: Billy Carnell, died Dec. 22, 2015 of Agent Orange leukemia


Eddie from Goodyear, AZ

Message: Bishop William R. Jones


Phyllis from West Bloomfield, MI

Message: Bless you one and all. You went about and beyond all we gave you to handle.


Debra from Islamorada, FL

Message: Bob, Dad, We miss your everyday and will never forget!!


Sharron from Daphne, AL

Message: Brave beautiful the best always loved always with me Ben mm mm ml ml


Iris from Tacoma, WA

Message: Brave young men & women who served & died protecting each other.


Robert from Ewing, NJ

Message: Bryan Branson


William from Cammack Village, AR

Message: Candlestick 44; you six went and never came back.  I remain.


Jennifer from Indianapolis, IN

Message: Charles R McLeaster, USMC, End of Tour, 02/07/2020. Rest easy Daddy.


Bruce from Post Falls, ID

Message: Chico you are never forgotten


Renee from Brighton, MI

Message: Chuck you are forever missed. Your loving sister Carol.


Harold from Cape Canaveral, FL

Message: CINCPAC Airborne Command Post Team FOUR


phillip from Florham Park, NJ

Message: Claude J Gaspar KIA may 1968, short hills NJ


Christa from Alexandria, VA

Message: CPL John Lyons put his heart into fighting with his Marine Corps buddies


Cynthia from Naples, ME

Message: Dad, husband, Grampa. Forever in our hearts!


John from Peoria, AZ

Message: Dan Gladding from my hometown of Seaford, NY. Died in Vietnam, 1968-69.


MELONIE from Bethlehem, PA

Message: David L Stone 05.13.2019


Patricia from Osceola, WI

Message: Dennis you gave your all for our Country. 2-26-1968. Thank you!


Ed from Wharton, NJ

Message: Don’t be afraid to get help. You deserve it. Welcome home brothers


Jeff from Wilmington, OH

Message: Everett Warix


Claire from Port Monmouth, NJ

Message: FINALLY at peace.


Lynn from Palmdale, CA

Message: For 50 years you fought this demon. Now you are at peace


Patricia from Tampa, FL



Dennis from Lisle, IL

Message: For all the Viet Nam veterans from Chicago who never returned home!


Katie from Lehi, UT

Message: For all those still challenged or suffering from their experiences.


Casey from Meridian, ID

Message: For all who made it home but can’t escape Vietnam


nola from Rapid City, SD

Message: for Dennis


Renee from Brighton, MI

Message: For my brother Donald M Cook KIA 10/27/68. Forever loved and missed.


Cassandra from Lincoln, NE

Message: For my dad, who never really left Vietnam. I wish it was all different.


Maren from Hempstead, TX

Message: For my Dad-who continued to fight the battle every day of his life! ??


Lynn from Wallingford, CT

Message: For my Uncle and Hero, John Hoff


Melanie from Lindenhurst, NY

Message: For our dad who fought the good fight until his last breath.


Gene from Saugerties, NY

Message: For SP5 Dennis F. Moore of Brooklyn NY.  Never Forgotten


Joe from Aurora, IL



mike from La Verne, CA

Message: For the Fallen they live in our Hearts  Mark L Brunner 7-11-1969


Feliza from San Francisco, CA

Message: For those in my Dad’s PTSD group at the SF VA, with all my love.


Stephanie from Tacoma, WA

Message: For those who didn’t come home and for those who did, but didn’t.


Michael from Peachtree Corners, GA

Message: For those who made it home but the enemy still resides inside!


Marney from Arlington, VA

Message: Forever grateful…praying for peace and comfort for all.


Dawn from Powell, OH

Message: from someone who cares


thomas from Pittsburgh, PA

Message: from the Vietnam Veterans Inc. Pittsburgh


Jackie from Riverside, CA

Message: Gary L Thornton and Alan W Thornton USMC


Lee from Evansville, IN

Message: Gerald, we were all supposed to come home together. 5 went only 3 came home


Christa from Clinton, MO

Message: God Bless all the Vietnam Veterans. Your service and sacrifice will never b


Leonard  Arlene from Sugar Land, TX

Message: God Bless All Vetrans


Donald from Bellevue, NE

Message: God bless America and the Veterans of Vietnam carry on


Louis from Huntington Beach, CA

Message: God Bless the troops


Thomas from Carriere, MS

Message: Gone but never forgotten


Tomi from Oceanside, CA

Message: Gone.. but never forgotten


Mackinlee from Schererville, IN

Message: He may be lost, but never forgotten. Thank you.


Gregory from Smithfield, VA

Message: Honor all those who sacrificed for our freedom


Darla from Detroit, MI

Message: Honoring my Dad, Sgt Robert F. Burl 68-71 92nd AHC. He still remembers.


LaRee from Park City, UT

Message: I have alot of Veterans in my Family so Thank you to them and all the Vets.


David from Pasadena, MD

Message: I love you dad


Ellen from Hampton, VA

Message: I love you Dad. Missing you so much. I’m so glad you are at peace.


Brooke from Newton, IA

Message: I miss you Dad. ?


Jane from Louisville, KY

Message: I will never forget you ??


George from Chino Valley, AZ

Message: I’ll be all right in the morning sun. Last night’s dreams are finally done.


Ann from Whippany, NJ

Message: In honor and in memory of all of us.


Heather from Suffolk, VA

Message: In honor of all the soldiers who never left the war and was never the same.


April from Raleigh, NC

Message: In Honor of My Uncle Robert B. LoMauro  & all those who serviced.


Heidi from Knoxville, TN

Message: In honor of our heroes who fought the war in Vietnam & after they got home.


Anne from Trenton, TX

Message: In loving memory of my brother Jay Owen Clarkson killed in Vietnam Conflict


June from Mechanicsville, VA

Message: In memory and affection for all those who served.


Judy from Philadelphia, PA

Message: In memory of a wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather ROBERT J SULLIVAN


Dave from Surprise, AZ

Message: In memory of James Novotny


Gregg from Greensburg, PA

Message: In memory of Larry D. Palmer.  Killed in action February 20, 1970.


Ginny from West Babylon, NY

Message: In memory of Lt. Thomas P. Jones MIA 02/06/1968


Carol from Cromwell, CT

Message: In memory of my courageous, beloved husband Anthony (Vee) Villaggio & all f


Dawn from Piscataway, NJ

Message: In memory of my hero, my Daddy!


Marsha from Newcastle, OK

Message: In memory of my husband Gene Miller. I love you and miss you.


Lorie from Tiverton, RI

Message: In memory of my uncle Gilbert Cora Peixoto Vietnam casualty 3/29/1970.


Ethel from South Weymouth, MA

Message: In memory of my Vietnam  Veteran Stevie Simpson. Mekong Delta U.SNavy!


Helen from Lanham, MD

Message: In memory of our dear husband, father, and grandfather, Otis Snyder.


Paula from Durham, NC

Message: In Memory of Robert Allen ‘Bob’ Cook, U.S. Army 101st Airborne – The Cooks


Stacy from Hanford, CA

Message: In memory of Uncle Tommy


Frederick from Hickory, NC

Message: In memoryearned the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge.


Daniel from Milford, PA

Message: In my of my friend Ralph Savarese a casualty of PTSD..


Barry W. from Medina, TN

Message: In remembrance of Christopher Lyon KIA Vietnam February 1968


Nina from West Palm Beach, FL

Message: In remembrance of My living husband Russ Dalton


Christina from Sun City, AZ

Message: In remembrance of my stepbrother Steve Kilpatrick


Barbara from Woodbridge, VA

Message: In remembrance of those I cared for as a nurse in  Vietnam.


Geraldina from Winston Salem, NC

Message: It should have been said then… thank you so so much for your service.


Tina from League City, TX

Message: It’s almost 14 years since you left me.  Love and miss you.  Tina


Donald from Westminster, CO

Message: Jesus loves you. ????


ANDREA from Canonsburg, PA

Message: Jim Conteen. What are we doing today?


Frances from Seminole, FL

Message: John = we cared


Sheila from Derwood, MD

Message: Kai – I am with you for the good days and the bad ones ??


Laura from Lee, MA

Message: Kevin (Sonny) Murphy – Always in our hearts.


Karen from Saint Paul, MN

Message: Love and miss the bravest man I knew!


Gary from Renton, WA

Message: Love to all my brothers and sisters.


Norah from Buffalo, NY

Message: Love, Norah, Sean and Kelley.  Miss you always and love you forever.


Darrell from Davis, IL

Message: May we all find Peace.


Carey from Lakewood Ranch, FL

Message: May we never forget freedom isn’t free ????


Barbara from Pembroke, MA

Message: Michael you forever.


Betty from Roseville, CA

Message: Michael- we love you and miss you. Your loving family.


Carol from West Chester, PA

Message: Miss you


Chris from San Francisco, CA

Message: Miss you and think of you often thanks for all you help


Kay from Smyrna, TN

Message: Miss you so much. I love ?? you


Nicole from Brooklyn, NY

Message: Miss You, Dad. Semper Fi Forever.


Margery from Springfield, VA

Message: Miss you.  I pray you are at peace.


Andrea from Fenton, MI

Message: My God bless and keep you


Betsy from Milton, VT

Message: My Heart Goes Out To Each and Every Veteran who Fought for our Freedom!


Bianca from Roseville, MI

Message: My Hero, my Dad…I miss you every day, til we meet again.


Nancy from Lewisburg, PA

Message: My husband, Donald Steckel, MD was a proud Vietnam veteran.


Paul from Portsmouth, RI



Diann from Summerville, SC



Susan from Fullerton, CA

Message: Not a day goes by without loving thoughts of you.  Til we meet again.??


Mary Victoria Burr from Fairfax, VA

Message: Now they have TV messages about PTSD awareness!  Love, three little sisters


Tomi from Oceanside, CA

Message: Oorah Daddy Doo!


Nadinea from Columbus, OH

Message: Our dearest father, grand father and so much, Rest sweet in eternity.


Santa from Martinsburg, WV

Message: Peter Jirsa, my dear, sweet cousin, I will never forget you.


Barbara from Loma Linda, CA

Message: Prayers for all


Bruce from Blue Bell, PA

Message: Prayers to all our brothers & sisters who endured this mess.


Catherine from Warsaw, IN

Message: Praying for all our veterans…God Bless these men and women.


Emma from Saint Louis, MO

Message: Private Arthur J. Amendola


Barbara from Ludowici, GA

Message: PTSD kept Albert away from the memorial.  In death, this is his homecoming.


Michael from Princeton Junction, NJ

Message: Remembering all those who suffer from PTSD and return to Vietnam daily.


Sandra from Kokomo, IN

Message: Remembering Larry Carl Jamerson MIA


Joe from Aurora, IL



Joan from Waterbury, CT

Message: Rest in peace, brother. 101st Airborne, Vietnam. -GJC


Mary Rae from Millville, NJ

Message: Resting place my Brother Robert L Holdcraft Arlington National Cemetery


Jane from Mckinney, TX

Message: Richard Santerre suffered with PTSD and died from Agent Orange.


Maryk from Burlingame, CA

Message: RIP Francis E Chominski


Tanya from Carlsbad, CA

Message: Roger Ochs, Vietnam veteran who died as a result of his time in service.


Christopher from Lindenhurst, NY

Message: Seabees Can Do


Nicole from Pipestone, MN

Message: Showing support of all our veterans, but especially my father in law, Kurt


Malinda from Odon, IN

Message: So Proud of you cousin for dying while fighting in Vet Nam Family loves you


Ann from Houston, AK

Message: Some gave all


Donna from Albuquerque, NM

Message: Some Gave All Some Gave Everything


Eleanor from Clinton, NJ

Message: Sorry for all you have gone through.  God bless.


Laura Louise from Pilot Mountain, NC

Message: T


Randolph from Thomson, GA

Message: Thank you Dad. You were always my Hero.


Tina from Brentwood, NY

Message: Thank you for service so sorry that your weren’t treated as our hero????


Donna from Louisville, KY

Message: Thank You for your service and God Bless


Janis from Holland, NY

Message: Thank you for your service and your sacrifices.


Katherine from Anchorage, AK

Message: Thank you for your service my love.  Xoxo, K


JACOB from Albuquerque, NM

Message: Thank you for your service Papa


Lucretia from Mount Laurel, NJ

Message: Thank you for your service.


Diane from Chatsworth, CA

Message: Thank you George for your service of 4 years in viet nam


Linda from Eagle Point, OR

Message: Thank you so much for your service and God Bless you ????????????????????


Joanie from Park Rapids, MN

Message: Thank you, we love you, I will never let you be forgotten


Jacqueline from Westerville, OH

Message: Thankful that you are finally at peace.  We love and miss you.


DAVID from Rigby, ID



Carol from Seguin, TX

Message: The war continued long after the war ended!


Nancy from Naples, FL

Message: Thinking of you and remembering your Military service to our country.


John from South Ozone Park, NY

Message: Thinking of you David. A friend and a hero


Adam from Portland, OR

Message: This is an important test.


Clark from Zion, IL

Message: To all my Brothers Don’t Give Up


John from Gurnee, IL

Message: To all my friends lost in Vietnam, RIP you brother


Nathaniel from Bear, DE

Message: To all my young Brothers who Fought and Die for the USA. MCB-133


Horace from Monroe, NC

Message: to all t


  1. J. from Bethlehem, PA

Message: To All Those Brave and Patriotic Men and Women Who Gave Their Lives


Gerald from Merced, CA

Message: To all those who sacrificed the ultimate of Freedom!!


Barbara from Lillian, TX

Message: To all those who suffer from PTSD, may God give you His peace.


Dale from Camp Hill, PA

Message: To all who bravely fought every battle.  To my husband John Lepore Miss you


Leslie and Linda from Wyandotte, OK

Message: To all who did not come back and those who brought Viet Nam back with them


Denise from East Helena, MT

Message: To all who died at Cu Chi and the 12th Evac


Mary from Colorado Springs, CO

Message: To John Fordham, rest in peace.  you will never be forgotten.


Monte from Eugene, OR

Message: To my brothers in the 187th AHC.


William from Idaho Falls, ID

Message: To my brothers-in-arms who suffer this terrible disorder, may God bless you


Guillermo from El Paso, TX

Message: To my Cousin Eddie who gave his all and to all that served in Vietnam.


David from Portage, MI

Message: To my fellow Vietnam War Vets with PTSD, for your Healing; and in Memory of


James from Central Square, NY

Message: To my friend Dave Kinney who suffered much when he came home.


Barbara from Washington, DC

Message: To Ord, David+ all Marines of H Company 2/3 in the 1967 Hill Fights. Peace.


Lisa from Roslindale, MA

Message: To the best Dad and Papa we love and miss you so much ??


kathie from Grand Blanc, MI

Message: To those who came home with hidden scars, please get well and know you are


Daniel from Jamaica, NY

Message: To those who fought then and fight everyday since. Thank you!


Timothy from Decatur, TX

Message: Vietnam Veterans Warriors…We Shall Never Forget Your Sacrifices!


Marie from Benbrook, TX

Message: We knew how to handle each other’s PTSD, drawing each other back with love.


Holli from Conroe, TX

Message: We miss you Dad


Donna from Wetumpka, AL

Message: We will always love you and miss you.  You will never be forgotten


Candice from Tucson, AZ

Message: We will always love you.  Rest In Peace.


Teresa from San Diego, CA

Message: We will never forget your service and sacrifices.


Bestor from Waban, MA

Message: Welcome home


Donovan from Las Vegas, NV

Message: ‘What a long, strange trip…’


Wendy from Buffalo, WV

Message: With love from your grandkids. Dylan, Dalton, Reagan & Waylon


Shirley from Newton Falls, OH

Message: You are all loved and appreciated. May you find peace and healing.


Kate from Manchester, CT

Message: You are forever in my heart .. my precious brother Frankie Boy


Maria from San Antonio, TX

Message: You are our Hero we love you Dad…. TJ, Esther & Josh


Roseann from Los Gatos, CA

Message: You are our Light in the Dark.  We love and miss you to the moon and back.


Tasia from Gibsonia, PA

Message: You are remembered in our minds and in our ? hearts.


Mary M from Canfield, OH

Message: You are truly missed and will never be forgotten!!!


Carolyn from Vail, AZ

Message: You went to hell and back in 68-69.  Proud of you.


Ann C. from Oskaloosa, KS

Message: You were filled with courage and determination and we will always miss you!


Fallon from Bowling Green, KY

Message: You were heroes. God bless each and everyone  of you who served in Vietnam.


Debora from Punta Gorda, FL

Message: You will always be in our hearts John Tener


carole from Bloomington, IL

Message: You will never be forgotten


Marsha from Newcastle, OK

Message: Your are never forgotten..we love and miss you…Gene


Gail from Scurry, TX

Message: Your demons have now left and you rest in Peace with Jesus


Barbara from Belleville, IL

Message: Your struggle is over