Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

  • Arlington, VA
  • http://www.vvmf.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Memorial Maintenance
  2. Ceremonies
  3. The Wall That Heals
  4. National Eduation Programs
  5. Education Center at The Wall
Service Areas

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National

Through educational, remembrance and preservation programs, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund works to promote national healing and education about the Vietnam War era nationwide. Programs in the District of Columbia, and in communities throughout the U.S. are designed to recognize the Vietnam veterans and remember their sacrifice. VVMF works with teachers to implement educational programs in communities.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer since 1979

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Mr. Jan Scruggs Esq.

Keywords

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Vietnam, veterans, memorial, wall, education center

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EIN

52-1149668

 Number

0694211813

Physical Address

1235 South Clark Street Suite 910

Arlington, VA 22202

Also Known As

VVMF

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, know as The Wall, has become one of the most visited memorials in the nations capital, with over 4 million visitors each year. The impacts of this memorial has provided healing and closure to Vietnam veterans and their loved ones were innumerable and unquantifiable. Every year, VVMF expands these impacts throughout the nation.
In 2012, VVMF increased several programs, spreading awareness and touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Through its 6 annual ceremonies, VVMF hosted over 20,000 guestsa. VVMF's The Wall That Heals (TWTH), a 1/2 replica of The Wall, traveled to 26 communities, where it hosted over 200,000 visitors. VVMF reached out to schools throughout the nation to expanded there teaching materials on the Vietnam War Era. All of these programs have reached out to honor veterans and expand education, by reaching veterans, community leaders, and students.
VVMF's top goal is to secure the necessary funding to build a center to preserve the legacies of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War and to inspire education in youths. This center has been approved by Congress and the President and will be located across the street from The Wall.  The Education Center will further the Memorial Funds mission and provide an interactive and unique experience that will contextualize the memorials on the National Mall.  An $85 million project is still in the process of raising funds.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Memorial Maintenance

Since its dedication in 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been viewed by nearly one hundred million people, making it one of the most visited memorials on the National Mall. VVMF has made stewardship of the memorial and its grounds a critical part of its mission. From the beginning,
VVMF has taken an active role with the National Park Service (NPS) to care for its physical needs. Thanks to generous private donations, the Memorial remains a loving tribute of hope and remembrance, which will continue for
years to come.
As an organization, we have already committed ourselves to renovating our memorial site. We believe it is our duty to make sure it remains a fitting tribute to the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. In 2011, renovations to the lawns, flagpole and base, and directory stands were completed or well under way.

For more information on VVMF's work with the memorial, visit our website at http://vvmf.org/memorial

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Military/Veterans

Budget

$118,588.00

Program 2

Ceremonies

VVMF hosts six annual ceremonies at The Wall that garner national attention, and draw thousands of people to The Wall to remember and honor those whose names are on The Wall, other men and women who died as a result of the war whose names aren’t on the wall, and the sacrifices of the family and friends left at home.
For more information on VVMF's work with the memorial, visit our website at http://vvmf.org/Ceremonies

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$290,638.00

Program 3

The Wall That Heals

VVMF promotes healing and provides education about the impact of the Vietnam War through its traveling memorial called The Wall that Heals
(TWTH). TWTH is a 1/2 scale replica of The Wall sent to communities nationwide, making it possible for millions of individuals who are unable to travel to Washington, DC to recognize, remember and honor those who served and died. TWTH also includes an educational museum to inspire and enhance Vietnam War Era education in schools.The museum is a small scale of a unique, interactive educational experience that will be used in the Education Center at The Wall. 
For more information about TWTH please visit our website at http://vvmf.org/twth

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$198,658.00

Program 4

National Eduation Programs

In an effort to increase the number of students in secondary education learning about the Vietnam War, VVMF created a teaching guide.  The guide features a teachers' guide, two posters, two books, a video and a war chronology provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and, VVMF distributes this guide to teachers and educators throughout the nation.
For more information on VVMF's education programs please visit our website at http://vvmf.org/vvmf-education

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

Budget

$224,388.00

Program 5

Education Center at The Wall

The Education Center at The Wall will be a place where service to our nation and our communities will be elevated and celebrated. Direct community involvement will be solicited from the visitors. The dramatic vehicle through
which this will be accomplished will be the digital display of the photographs of the fallen on large screens and powerful displays of some of the 300,000 remembrances left at The Wall.
There are four main exhibit areas of the Education Center at The Wall and one temporary exhibit space. 
• The first area a visitor enters is the America’s Legacy of Service. This exhibit places the Vietnam War in the context of all other wars our nation has fought, from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
• The visitor then moves into the second exhibit that contains objects left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during its 30 year existence. The objects are remembrances of soldiers and those who fought in the war or lived through the tumultuous Vietnam Era. There will also be objects from fellow veterans who served in past or current conflicts and from family members and relatives.
• The third component of the exhibits is a multimedia timeline that will explore the history of the Vietnam War. 
• Finally the visitors will experience the Wall of Faces. The wall will be a two story multimedia wall that will make the names on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial visible.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$584,488.00

Service Areas

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National

Through educational, remembrance and preservation programs, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund works to promote national healing and education about the Vietnam War era nationwide. Programs in the District of Columbia, and in communities throughout the U.S. are designed to recognize the Vietnam veterans and remember their sacrifice. VVMF works with teachers to implement educational programs in communities.

Funding Needs

VVMF raises funds for its annual programs, including memorial maintenance, ceremonies, TWTH, and educational programs. VVMF also raises funds for its capital campaign to Build the Education Center.

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VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL FUND, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Sep 30
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jan Scruggs Esq.

BIO

Jan Scruggs is Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He conceived the idea of building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the most visited monument in Washington, D.C., as a tribute to those who served during this longest war in American history. More than 40 million people have visited the Memorial since its dedication in 1982. Mr. Scruggs served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He was wounded and decorated for gallantry. He was appointed by President Clinton to the Selective Service Appeals Board, is a board member of the National Veterans Legal Services Project, and is special assistant to the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In 1993, he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees. Mr. Scruggs received his B.A. and M.Ed. from The American University, Washington, D.C., and his law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"When engaged in the mission of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, there is a word that I’m particularly fond of.  That word is: momentum. For those connected with VVMF, 2011 was all about building momentum. In the course of  this one year, the programs we dedicated ourselves to have gathered more and more steam, and resulted in forward motion that is carrying us closer to the goals contained in our mission statement.
It is this momentum that will take us into our 30th  Anniversary year, and far beyond. The energy and drive created in 2011 will propel us as we go about the challenge of making the dream of the Education Center at The Wall a reality. In it, we will honor those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served.
Since 1982, The Wall has stood as a solemn tribute to those who did not return from war in Southeast Asia. Under our care in 2011, it has remained among America’s most valued treasures—the place where the promise of “Never Forget” is kept. It is our continuing duty to honor, to remember the names, faces and lives of those we lost. As important as it is to remember the fallen, VVMF’s mission is also to help visitors better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation.
The cornerstone of our efforts in 2011 was the campaign to build the Education Center at The Wall, where we will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on The Wall. The Build the Center campaign not only took shape in 2011… it gained momentum throughout the year. The challenge called for an almost staggering amount of effort by all departments of VVMF, and beat all expectations.
I am proud of VVMF’s momentum in 2011. We will continue to gain energy as we move into our 30th year and beyond. Thank you for your support that made these programs possible in the past year.
Sincerely,
Jan C. Scruggs, Esq."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Dibble Chairman

Attorney at Law

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