Adding a Name to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) receives numerous requests each year from individuals who desire to have particular names placed on the Memorial. While the Memorial Fund finances the name additions to The Wall, they do not make any determinations as to whose names are to be inscribed. It is the Department of Defense (DoD) that makes these difficult and often very technical decisions.

According to current DoD guidelines, service members may be eligible for inscription on The Wall if they have:

» Died (no matter the cause) within the defined combat zone of Vietnam (varies based on dates)

» Died while on a combat/combat support mission to/from the defined combat zone of Vietnam

Examples below of deaths that do not fit the Department of Defense criteria include, but are not limited to:

» PTSD related illnesses/events

» Exposure to Agent Orange and
similar chemicals

» Diabetes

» Cancer

» Heart Attack

All of the above items do fit the criteria for inclusion in VVMF’s In Memory program.

Each year, the VVMF honors these fallen heroes and their families at the In Memory Day ceremony.

For further explanation of the parameters for inclusion, visit the VVMF’s website at and locate the appropriate military branch of

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