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The Creator Of The Vietnam Memorial Wall Tells Us How He Received His Army Commendation Medal

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Mr. Scruggs is a United States Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War and later founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in the United States. Scruggs was the President of the foundation until 2015 when he retired.

Scruggs continues to monitor the societal, spiritual, and other impacts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. He is Chairman of the Selective Service National Appeals Board and a Member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

He recently launched an updated website and is planning several events this year to mark this historic event anniversary. The next event will take place in November, the official 40th anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.

"In Vietnam, I was wounded in combat at 19 years old. I could not have imagined ten years later at the age of 29, I would come up with the idea to build a memorial to my fellow Vietnam Veterans. It would include every name of every soldier who gave their life for my country, America." - Jan C. Scruggs

To find out more, go to Jan Scruggs’ website:
June 28, 2022
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