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:
Michael Magee, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Veteran Services
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.
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.
California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is located in Capitol Park, behind the State Capitol at 15th Street and Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA
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.
California Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Search the Names on the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Vietnam Veterans of America California State Council