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.
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.
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
Message: FOR AALL THOSE THAT DIDN’T GET HELP IN TIME.
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 every.single.day
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
Message: FOR THE BEST BROTHER IN THE WORLD
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 Bogue..love 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
Message: NEVER FORGOT
Diann from Summerville, SC
Message: NEVER FORGOTTEN… THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICES!
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
Message: REST IN PEACE DAD MISS YOU SOOOO MUCH
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
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
Message: The ‘BOYS’ of FLEMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL : FLEMINGTON,WV WHO GAVE ALL ! RIP
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
- 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