Vietnam War Veterans
The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) is proud to serve and honor Vietnam War veterans. The agency has been an active partner with two important initiatives to illustrate our commitment to making sure the service and sacrifice of Pennsylvania Vietnam War veterans and their families is never forgotten.
Vietnam War Commemoration
Thousands of Pennsylvania men and women served in Vietnam to protect our nation’s freedom. Now, more than 50 years later, the DMVA is making sure that these gallant war heroes are not forgotten. The DMVA is an official partner with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a program designed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. In 2012, Congress penned a total of five objectives for this on-going program, with the primary being to thank and honor our Vietnam veterans and their families, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation.
The Commemorative Partner Program is for federal, state and local communities, veterans' organizations and other organizations to assist in thanking and honoring our nation’s 6.2 million Vietnam veterans and their nine million families. Partners like DMVA have committed to conduct or participate in events each year that focus on Vietnam vets. Special commemorative lapel pins are available at these events for Vietnam veterans.
Learn more about the Commemoration at its website.
The following is a list of supportive resources for the commemoration program:
Wall of Faces
Another initiative DMVA embarked on to honor Pennsylvania Vietnam veterans is the Wall of Faces, a commitment by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to find a photo of every Pennsylvanian whose name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall – commonly referred to as The Wall. For four years the DMVA worked with VVMF until, in 2019, the final photo needed of every Pennsylvania Vietnam War veteran who paid the ultimate sacrifice was found. Now, all 3,150 photos of Pennsylvania’s American heroes who died in the Vietnam War are posted on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's virtual Wall of Faces.
This was a great and incredibly important project for the DMVA that helps show the families and friends of the Pennsylvanians lost in Vietnam that the legacy of their loved ones will live on. Now Vietnam veterans from Pennsylvania will be remembered and honored from around the globe for generations to come. If you have a picture of any veteran whose name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall but whose photo is not included on the virtual wall, please help VVMF honor them by putting a face with a name. For information on how to submit a photo, please visit the Virtual Wall of Faces website.
PA VETConnect Helps Connect Veterans to Programs and Services
The DMVA works to connect all veterans to benefits they earned through their service to our nation through PA VETConnect. PA VETConnect is a new, innovative program that connects veterans in need to the best possible resources for assistance, anywhere in the commonwealth. The DMVA field staff networks in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, and are well-versed in women veterans issues, what is needed to meet those needs, and the best possible resources available.