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.
- Dedicated 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 2018 and changed their statuses on The Wall accordingly.
- Paid for a $30,000 renovation around the site of the Three Servicemen Statue. The renovation included: removing and replacing the planting bed around the Three Servicemen Statue with the addition of new bushes and signs, laying down rat-resistant wire mesh, creating a concrete ledge, and installing new poles and chains.
- Completed a 4-year audit of the names inscribed on The Wall in order to have the most accurate database of names and number of service members on The Wall.
- 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.
- Hosted a candlelight remembrance at The Wall on September 20th in honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day.
- Commemorated national Vietnam War Veterans Day at The Wall on March 29th with a special reunion of members of the Fox Force reconnaissance platoon holding their 50th reunion at The Wall.
- 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
- The Wall That Heals exhibit visited 34 communities in 22 states during its 2019 season to spread The Wall’s healing legacy to nearly 300,000 visitors. Guided tours of the exhibit were provided to more than 15,000 students.
- A new replica In Memory plaque was unveiled in 2019 as part of the traveling exhibit.
- 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
- Hosted nearly 5 million visitors at The Wall in Washington, D.C. including many veteran and student groups met by VVMF staff for tours and help with name rubbings.
- VVMF offers a robust curriculum that helps teachers “teach Vietnam” that is available to teachers free of charge.
- Hosts a distance learning program that connects classrooms with the collection of items left at The Wall through Skype technology.
- Partnered with schools and teachers in Prince William County, Virginia to teach more than 1,800 students about service members on The Wall and the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial through our Traveling Trunk program.
- Presented six professional development sessions on the Vietnam era to educators with Prince William County, National History Day, First Division Museum, and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.
- Completed digital programs for more than 800 students, including 175 adult learners. These programs run all over the country from high schools in New Jersey, middle schools in New York, adult learning programs in New Mexico to senior centers in Ohio.
- Grew VVMF’s international teacher network to more than 700 teachers.
- Met more than 1,100 students at The Wall in DC for tours and educational discussions.
- 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.
- Updated our 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.
- Added a part-time tour guide position at The Wall in Washington, D.C to give an overview and history of the memorial to visitors.
- All of our educational efforts are free to students and teachers thanks to our generous supporters.
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.
- Honored 534 Vietnam veterans through VVMF’s In Memory program in 2019, for veterans who died from Vietnam-related causes after returning home. Nearly 3,000 family members and friends attended the annual ceremony in June.
- Doubled the number of members in our Facebook group for In Memory families so they can connect and share their stories of love and loss. By year’s end, more than 6,000 friends and family of Vietnam veterans had joined the community.
- 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.
- Provided more than 3,000 free name rubbings for those that can’t make it to The Wall in 2019.
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.
- Launched a new VVMF.org website in May 2019 with an expanded education section with a timeline of the Vietnam era and topic pages on subjects such as POW/MIA, Women on The Wall, and Chaplains on The Wall.
- Hosted nearly 1.2 million visitors on our website, VVMF.org, to learn about the Vietnam War, those on The Wall and those who have died since returning home.
- Through an amazing group of volunteers, collected another 1,300 photos for VVMF’s online Wall of Faces in 2019. Ten additional states were completed to bring the total to 44 states and two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia completed.
- The VVMF site 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.
- The VVMF site also includes an online Wall of Honor to honor our allies from the Republic of Korea who fought and died alongside us in Vietnam, and the Australian Wall of Faces which honors