DAV Charitable Service Trust Supports Vietnam War Education Projects

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 13 May 2002

Students visiting Washington, D.C., and those who don't have the opportunity to see our nation's capital can learn more about the Vietnam War and the sacrifice of veterans thanks to two grants to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation from the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust.

The DAV Charitable Service Trust awarded $50,000 to the Foundation's "Echoes From the Wall" education program and $50,000 to "The Wall That Heals," a traveling museum exhibit, which takes a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, know as "The Wall," to communities all across the nation.

"We are very pleased to continue funding for these educational programs which will help students across our nation understand the history of the Vietnam War and how it has affected our nation," said DAV National Commander George H. Steese, Jr. "As young students learn more about the Vietnam War, their appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice of veterans will increase."

Over the past four years, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has started a nationwide campaign to educate our nation's young people about the Vietnam War and the memorial. In October 1999, the Fund developed a high school curriculum, "Echoes From the Wall: History, Learning, and Leadership through the Lens of the Vietnam War Era," which was distributed free of charge to America's 27,000 public and private high schools. The comprehensive materials used the lessons of the Vietnam War era to teach students about responsibility, leadership, and global understanding. In April 2001, following a previous Charitable Service Trust grant, a similar curriculum was distributed cost-free to the nation's 13,000 middle schools.

The latest Trust grant will be used to help produce a quarterly newsletter containing updated information and ideas for lesson plans sent to more than 41,000 educators each month.

The grant for the traveling exhibit will be used to produce an information kit for communities where it will go on display. The kit will include information on logistics, physical requirements, and recommended activities, including inviting a DAV member to speak at schools, ceremonies, and other public events. In addition, there will be coordination between the display and visits by a DAV Mobile Service Office, which is used by DAV National Service Officers to provide assistance to veterans and their families seeking benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies.

"The DAV Charitable Service Trust recognizes the importance of educating our youth about the courage and dedication of those who have fought and sacrificed for our nation's liberty," National Commander Steese said. "The Vietnam War is important to the Disabled American Veterans because so many men and women sacrificed for our nation during that war."

Funds to support the Charitable Service Trust come from the generosity of donors through workplace campaigns like the Combined Federal Campaign, United Way, and other workplace giving campaigns across the country.

The million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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