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Magic Moments Near The Wall
"My Life Is Complete"
John Devitt: Travels With The Wall
IBEW Eletricians At The Wall
Millbrook High's Trip To The Wall
America's Bulletin Board

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To Realize A Dream
Guardians Of Our Dead
OP ED: Should We Keep Building Memorials
Eight Names On The Wall Belong To Women
The Last Full Measure Of Devotion
Completing The Circle
A Long-Overdue Tribute
What's Left At The Wall
Judging The Wall
Plato's Quest For Peace
Beyond The Wall
The Fighting Irish
Volunteers: More Than Just Finding Names

President's Message

By Thomas H. Corey,
President, Vietnam Veterans of America
With this special issue of The VVA Veteran, we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Since 1982, The Wall has been the focal point for healing from the Vietnam War. This monument to those killed and missing from the Vietnam War has served as the center of the community of Vietnam veterans to which we turn to remember the sacrifice and camaraderie of those with whom we served.

While the value and the outcome of the Vietnam War will forever be debated, those who fought will forever revere the service and the sacrifice of those who served. The Wall is where we turn to pay our respects, to honor our comrades, to seek a space where our service is remembered, and to find a place where our comrades' sacrifice of blood and life is forever etched in gleaming granite.

VVA President, Tom Corey

While the early and heated debates about the construction and design of the Wall are well documented, what has happened since 1982 attests to the success of the design. From the beginning, The VVA Veteran has chronicled the history of The Wall through the ways the veterans, their families, and their loved ones have paid their respects. In this issue of The VVA Veteran we offer articles that honor The Wall and reflect the service and the unity of veterans and non-veterans. (more)