Disabled Veterans National Foundation Praises Opening of Disabled Veterans Memorial

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The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is set to open on the National Mall on Monday October 6th.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

"As a disabled veteran myself, I join the millions of other disabled veterans who are truly humbled by this memorial,” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.).

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation,, a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, is praising the opening of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM) in Washington, DC.

Set to open on Monday, October 6th, the AVDLM is located on the National Mall, within sight of the U.S. Capitol. The memorial seeks to celebrate the millions of men and women who were disabled in the line of duty.

The AVDLM has been a long awaited feature on the National Mall. Lois Pope, a prominent philanthropist, first broached the topic of such a memorial in 1997 with then-Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jesse Brown. Since then, the wheels have been turning to bring the memorial into fruition.

“As you go along the National Mall, you see many memorials dedicated to service members who died in combat, like the WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Memorials,” said DVNF CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “While it is very important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, those who sacrificed able bodies, future health, and peace of mind are deserving of this honor as well. As a disabled veteran myself, I join the millions of other disabled veterans who are truly humbled by this memorial.”

The memorial will be dedicated on Sunday October 5th, and will be open to the public on Monday, October 6th.

About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  •     Providing personalized counseling to assist veterans in navigating the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service.
  •     Offering direct financial support to veterans and other veteran organizations to address the issues that align with the DVNF mission.
  •     Providing supplemental assistance through the Health & Comfort program and Empowerment Webinars.
  •     Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community.

For more, go to http://www.dvnf.org.

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