TO ALL VIETNAM VETERANS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the organization that built The Vietnam Memorial on our National Mall in Washington, needs your help to preserve the memories of those killed in action in Vietnam and to educate visitors about the Vietnam War. The Wall is one of the most visited sites on the National Mall.
The VVMF is collecting photos to match with each of the 58,272 names on The Wall and they have launched a fund drive raise $85 million to build an Education Center near The Wall. It will include the photos and personal stories of those whose names are on The Wall, will be a lasting legacy for all Vietnam veterans, and will tell visitors about the Vietnam War. Congress has already approved this project. Now the VVMF needs your help in obtaining photos and donations.
VVMF founder and president Jan C. Scruggs has formed a National Campaign Committee with General (USA Ret.) Colin Powell as honorary chairman, General (USA Ret.) Barry R. McCaffrey as advisory board chairman, and actor Tom Selleck as national spokesman. All three are Vietnam veterans.
To send a photo visit the website www.vvmf.org/thewall and search for your casualty by name. Once you find the right person, click on .profile. to see if there is a photo already posted. If not, then you can add one and also post a remembrance.
The easiest way to send a photo is as an email attachment scanned at 300 dpi or higher. If you cannot locate a quality studio portrait..preferably one in uniform..try to scan a photo from a high school or college yearbook, a group photo, or even a snapshot. If you cannot scan a photo to send as an email attachment, a paper copy of a photo can be sent by mail to:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
ATTN: Call for Photos
2600 Virginia Avenue NW Suite 104
Washington, DC 20037
The VVMF does not want original photos and cannot be responsible for returning photos. The directions at www.vvmf.org/photos link to a form you will need to complete and send with a paper photo you send by mail. If you have any questions, you can contact VVMF.s National Project Manager by phone at 202-393-0090, ext 120.
Donations now are especially important. The VVMF plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Education Center this year on Veterans Day, November 11th, 2012. So time is of the essence.
To raise the necessary funds to complete the Education Center, Scruggs and his team have set a goal raising a gift of $1,000 for each individual name on The Wall. Contributions from the families and friends of Vietnam veterans, veterans' organizations, and schools are all needed to reach the goal of $1,000 for each name on the wall. Contributions may be made on the Internet by going to www.vvmf.org/onlinedonation, or by check payable to the VVMF and mailed to:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20037-1915
If you have any questions please contact Danielle Schira at the above address or by phone at: 202-393-0090, ext 105.