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.
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 site on which the Vietnam Veterans Memorial rests in Washington, D.C. This role includes making requested Department of Defense changes on The Wall, retaining an Object Conservator to care for the statue and plaque, and providing physical maintenance on the site.
Learn more about how we care for the Memorial here: www.vvmf.org/Memorial_Preservation
THE WALL OF FACES
There are more than 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall. The Wall of Faces is an effort to connect a face and a story of a life cut short behind each one. VVMF’s Wall of Faces features a page for every name on The Wall, allowing family and friends to share remembrances, post photos, and connect. The photos of service members local to the area are displayed at The Wall That Heals stops.
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.
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. Annual ceremonies on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and National Vietnam War Veterans Day. Activities such as the Father’s Day Rose Remembrance and Candlelight Remembrances on Agent Orange Awareness Day and PTSD Awareness Day.
To see information on all of VVMF’s events at The Wall, go to www.vvmf.org/ceremonies
THE WALL THAT HEALS
The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of The Wall in Washington, D.C. and a mobile Education Center that includes: Digital displays featuring photos of local service members on The Wall and Vietnam veterans honored through the In Memory program. Items representative of those left at The Wall in D.C., a timeline of the Vietnam War era, a map of Vietnam, and a replica In Memory plaque. The Gold Star Bike – Donated to VVMF by the American Gold Star Mothers in 2012, the bike is a Softail Custom Harley that pays tribute to the mothers who lost sons to the Vietnam War.
To see where the exhibit is headed next, go to www.vvmf.org/twth
The In Memory program honors those who returned home from Vietnam and later suffered from causes related to their service including Agent Orange exposure and PTSD/suicide. The annual In Memory ceremony draws family, friends, and loved ones to The Wall to induct their honorees. The plaque that honors these veterans was dedicated on the site in 2004.
For more information, go to: www.vvmf.org/inmemory
VIETNAM ERA REGISTRY FOR VETERANS
The Registry allows living Vietnam veterans to preserve their legacy of service and connect with others who served during the Vietnam Era through interactive online profile pages.
To learn more, go to https://registry.vvmf.org/
VVMF works to ensure that current and future generations learn about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War. VVMF partners with schools, senior centers, and other organizations to facilitate classes to learners of all ages about the lasting impact of the Vietnam War and era. VVMF works to preserve the first-hand accounts of Vietnam veterans and their families by sharing their stories with current generations. For those who can visit Washington, D.C. or a The Wall That Heals site, VVMF offers guided group tours. A virtual tour and a mobile tour app help to educate those who can’t visit the Memorial site.
To learn more about VVMF’s education efforts, go to: www.vvmf.org/education
ECHOES OF THE VIETNAM WAR PODCAST
Even after 50 years, the impact of the Vietnam War echoes across generations. Hear stories of service and sacrifice from people who are affected — veterans, their families, and others who add perspective to those experiences.
To learn more about the podcast, go to www.vvmf.org/echoes
Financials, Policies and Governance
Our Financial Information
VVMF is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to honoring our nation’s veterans and educating this and future generations about the impact of the Vietnam War. Gifts from the public and grants from corporations and foundations providing funding for VVMF’s outreach efforts.
Leadership and Staff
Your privacy is very important to us. With respect to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, we make every effort to ensure compliance with all applicable federal law. Please read our Privacy and Security Policy to learn more about the ways in which we use and protect your personal information.
To request that personal information not be shared or to change your information, please contact us at: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, 3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201; Phone: (202) 393-0090; Fax: (202) 330-0960; or e-mail: [email protected].
If you have additional questions, you may send an e-mail to [email protected].
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN: 52-1149668. VVMF welcomes your questions, comments, suggestions, compliments, and complaints as one critical way to continuously improve our services to you.
For general questions and comments you can reach our office by telephone at 202-393-0090 or by email at [email protected].
Our fax number is 202-330-0960
Our office is located at:
3033 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201