What is In Memory?
Since the Vietnam War ended, thousands of Vietnam veterans have died each year due to Agent Orange exposure, PTSD/suicide, cancer and other causes related to their service. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) In Memory program honors those who returned home from Vietnam and later died.
The plaque on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in Washington, D.C. that honors these veterans was dedicated in 2004 and reads: In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.
In Memory was created in 1993 by the group – Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. VVMF began managing the program and hosting the ceremony in 1999. More than 3,600 veterans have been added to the In Memory Honor Roll since the program began. To see all the honorees, please visit: www.vvmf.org/honor-roll.
Having a veteran honored includes:
• An invitation to In Memory Weekend in Washington, D.C., which includes a touching ceremony on the site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial where each honoree’s name is read aloud. If you are present, you may read the name. Each applicant also receives a printed personal tribute certificate with their veteran’s photo(s).
• As part of the In Memory Honor Roll, an online personal remembrance page is created for each honoree with their photo and biographical information. Family members can share the page and leave remembrances about their loved one.
• VVMF’s mobile exhibit, The Wall That Heals, includes the digital photos of all In Memory honorees from the state where the exhibit is on display.
• An invitation to join our Facebook group: In Memory – Families of Vietnam Veterans lost to Agent Orange and PTSD. The group gives family and friends an online community to connect and share their stories.
How Do I Apply?
• Fill out an online application or Download the In Memory application
WE ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 PROGRAM
To have a loved one considered for the In Memory program, you must submit your application to VVMF by March 6, 2020.
• Completed application form
• Copy of military record that shows proof of service in Vietnam (Form DD214)
• Copy of the veteran’s death certificate
• Two clear photographs of the honoree (we recommend one photo from the Vietnam era and one photo that is more recent)
Examples of proof of service in Vietnam are listed on the DD214 as:
• Vietnam Service Medal (VSM)
• Vietnam Campaign Medal (VCM)
• Vietnam Service Ribbon
Don’t have a copy of the DD214? Military service records can be obtained from the National Archives. Visit www.archives.gov and click on “Veterans’ Service Records.”