Where your donation goes
VVMF receives no government funding. When a donation is made to VVMF – it goes to programs that help us further our mission to honor those who served and sacrificed in Vietnam, preserve The Wall and the legacies of those inscribed on it and educate current and future generations on the impact of the Vietnam War on America. For every $10 donation, $8.60 of it goes directly to funding these programs:
Care and Preservation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C.
- While The Wall sits on federal land managed by the National Park Service, VVMF has a partnership with NPS in which VVMF covers the majority of the expenses in caring for the site. The NPS has millions of dollars in backlogged maintenance requests so VVMF’s help with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial keeps the site out of that backlog.
- VVMF covers quarterly treatment of the grass on the site, annually adds names and changes status symbols on The Wall, quarterly maintenance and cleaning of the Three Servicemen Statue and In Memory plaque, replacement of name directories each year, and other maintenance needs that may come up from lighting to the walkway to anything needed on the site.
- Installed a new and improved In Memory plaque that is raised and more prominent on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- Recognized the repatriation of 15 service members on The Wall who were accounted for in 2017 and changed their statuses on The Wall accordingly.
- Installed new glass tops on the stands which hold the name directories at The Wall, replacing the 35-year-old original glass.
- Retained a lawn care company to fertilize and enhance the grass on the three-acre site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and installed new landscaping around the Three Servicemen Statue.
Ceremonies at The Wall
- VVMF hosts annual ceremonies at The Wall in Washington, D.C. for Memorial Day and Veterans Day to pay tribute to those who served and sacrificed in Vietnam. VVMF plans, produces and executes these events. Every five years, VVMF hosts the Reading of the Names – a ceremony which takes place over four days in which each of the more than 58,000 names on The Wall is read aloud.
- From the seating to the printed programs to the audio, video and photography expenses – all ceremony expenses are covered by our generous donors.
The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit
- Thanks to our generous donors, VVMF was able to unveil an all new larger exhibit in 2018 and has seen a dramatic increase in veterans and visitors (up 60% year over year) at each site.
- In 2018, The Wall That Heals visited 38 communities in 26 states to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to more than 400,000 visitors, including 35,000 Vietnam veterans. Guided tours of the exhibit were provided to nearly 21,000 students.
- Two VVMF representatives are at each site to lead local volunteers in set up of the exhibit. We also help visitors find names on The Wall and assist with name rubbings.
- The mobile Education Center display includes digital displays of “Hometown Heroes” – those on The Wall from the local area – as well as the In Memory honorees from the state we are on display.
- While the host does pay a site fee to bring The Wall That Heals to their community, it does not cover the majority of the costs to keep The Wall That Heals on the road
- VVMF reaches current generations through a number of educational efforts – at The Wall in D.C., on the road at The Wall That Heals, in the classroom and through different technologies.
- VVMF’s education and outreach staff meets school and reunion groups at The Wall for personal tours of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site. We also meet with groups at The Wall That Heals for guided tours of the Wall and to talk about the items in the mobile Education Center.
- Hosted 21 Items Left at The Wall distance learning programs reaching 574 participants – to virtually connect students and senior centers around the country with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection.
- Partnered with schools and teachers in Prince William County, Virginia to teach 754 students about service members on The Wall and the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
- Presented professional development on the Vietnam era to 70 educators.
- Customized our educational curriculum to meet New York state standards, which now is the recommended resource for teachers incorporating information about Vietnam in their classrooms.
- Partnered with the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum to teach 50 educators how to incorporate the Vietnam era into their classrooms.
- We have a distance learning program that connects classrooms with the collection of items left at The Wall through Skype technology.
- VVMF has developed a robust curriculum that helps teachers “teach Vietnam” that is available to teachers free of charge.
- Launched an updated mobile tour app to give those who can’t make it to Washington a chance to virtually visit and learn about The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and those inscribed on it.
- All of our educational efforts are free to students and teachers.
In Memory program
- VVMF manages the In Memory program which honors Vietnam veterans who returned home from Vietnam and later died as a result of their service.
- In 2018, 345 Vietnam veterans were honored through VVMF’s In Memory program which honors veterans who died from Vietnam-related causes after returning home. Nearly 2,000 family members and friends attended the annual ceremony in June.
- Honoring a veteran is free to the applicant – all thanks to our donors.
- VVMF provides name rubbings from The Wall in D.C. at no charge to anyone who requests one. A volunteer or VVMF staff member does the name rubbing and VVMF mails the rubbing out to the requestor.
- In 2018, VVMF provided more than 5,000 name rubbings free of charge.
Father’s Day at The Wall
- Laid 3,000 roses at The Wall on Father’s Day to honor the fathers on The Wall, those that never got the chance to become fathers, and those who returned home and later died as a result of their service.
- Red roses are for those killed in action, yellow roses are for those missing in action and white roses with red tips symbolize those who returned home and later died as a result of their service. We are able to offer these roses because of our generous supporters.
Wall of Faces and virtual collection of items left at The Wall
- The VVMF website hosts and maintains the Wall of Faces – with a page for each of the more than 58,000 service members on The Wall – which provides information on each service member and preserves their legacy for all to see.
- Through an amazing group of volunteers, more than 2,400 photos were collected for VVMF’s online Wall of Faces, leaving just 1,625 service members without a photo. Ten additional states were completed in 2018 to bring the total to 38 states and U.S. territories completed.
- The VVMF site also includes the virtual collection of items left at The Wall – the largest public display of items left at The Wall – which students can use to do research on the effects of the Vietnam War on America.
- In 2018, VVMF added 348 items to the online collection of items left at The Wall bringing the total number available online to more than 3,000 items.
- In 2018, VVMF launched an online Wall of Honor to honor our allies from the Republic of Korea who fought and died alongside us in Vietnam.