Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee Memorial Frequently Asked Questions

​​Criteria & Process for Submitting Names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee

 

Vietnam Veterans who were not included on the original memorial, but who died as a direct result of injuries or illness suffered during the conflict, may have their names added to the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial under the provisions of AB 287 (Chapter 229, Statutes of 2013; Military and Veterans Code Chapter 4, Sections 1300 to 1301). This law allows the addition of Veteran names that were inadvertently left off the list, and allows Veterans service organizations and individuals to submit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee, names for consideration of inclusion on the memorial, including those who have died as a result of injuries (both physical and mental) suffered during their service in Vietnam or from exposure to the pesticide Agent Orange.

Applications for addition of a Veteran's name submitted to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee shall be in writing (hard copy or via electronic transmission) from the requestor and should include the following information:

  1. Full Name of the Vietnam Veteran
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Social Security or Service Number
  4. Copy of DD214 or Veteran Discharge Papers
  5. Copy of Death Certificate Showing Cause of Death (Cause of death must be related to a direct result of injuries or illness suffered during the conflict, including those who have died as a result of exposure to the pesticide Agent Orange and not excluding those who have died due to PTSD.)
  6. Other certified medical records from the Department of Defense, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, or a qualified medical professional.

    All information should be submitted to:

                Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee

                C/O The California Department of Veterans Affairs

                1227 O Street, Suite 300

                Sacramento, CA 95814

    Or:

                Via email to: VVMHC@calvet.ca.gov

     

    Note:
  • The Vietnam Veteran must have been discharged from the service under any condition other than Dishonorable.
  • The Veteran must have been a member of the United State Military during their time of service in Vietnam.
  • When submitting information please include the name and contact information of the person submitting the name.
    • If not a family member, the submission should include a family/survivor contact.
  • The Vietnam Veteran must be a California Veteran as defined below.

    For the purpose of this Committee for person to be considered a California Veteran he/she must meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Born in California*
  • Inducted/joined the service in California
  • Re-enlisted in California
  • Their Home of Record on the DOD documents must be California

    * For people who do not meet one of these criteria the committee may consider extenuating circumstances and evidence on a case-by-case basis.


    The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee will review all information from the requestor to add a Veteran's name to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and will make a final determination based on the information provided.

 

Committee Contact:
Michael Magee, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Veteran Services
(916) 651-3045

How do I donate to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honors Committee?

The legislature required the cost of changes to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial be funded privately. The California Veterans Benefits Fund is collecting funds for this effort. You can donate through the California Veterans Benefit Fund​.

The Fund was established in March of 2006 as a nonprofit organization that has earned tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (See IRS determination form for tax identification number 20-4536035) and primarily supports the work of the Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council. The Fund also works with other nonprofits and agencies providing services to veterans. Policies for the Fund’s ongoing programs are set by a board of directors. There are many ways to make a charitable donation to Fund.​​

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

March 30 is designated as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day".

In 2009, California Assembly Bill 717 (Cook) was signed into law declaring March 30 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" in California.

In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating March 30 as "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day". ​A day set aside to provide Vietnam Veterans the chance to be properly welcomed home. March 30 is the final withdrawal date of all combat and combat-support troops from ​Vietnam, and a day to honor these veterans.

Where is the Memorial Located?

California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is located in Capitol Park, behind the State Capitol at 15th Street and Capitol Avenue, Sacramento​, CA

CVVM.png

Directions:

From I-5: Take Q Street to 16th St North. North to Capitol Ave, turn Left at Capitol. Memorial will be directly in front of you behind the Capitol Rose Garden.

From the 50 Freeway: Take 16th St North to Capitol Ave, turn Left at Capitol. The Memorial will be directly in front of you behind the Capitol Rose Garden.

CVVM1.jpg

Links of Interest

California Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Search the Names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vietnam Veterans of America California State Council

California Veterans Benefit Fund

50th Vietnam Veterans Commemoration​​

MyCalVet: Sign up today!

 

Content Page General

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor Committee Memorial Frequently Asked Questions