The Wall That Heals

Event

San Luis Obispo County is one of just 39 places in the nation in 2018 to host The Wall That Heals, a mobile exhibit that honors veterans and preserves the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit will return to San Luis Obispo for the first time in 21 years thanks to the efforts of the County Veterans Services Office.

The public is invited to visit the exhibit from March 29th through April 1st at Madonna Meadows to remember and reconnect with service members lost in Vietnam, to learn about the history of the conflict in Vietnam, and to read the stories of service members whose names are found on the exhibit.

Event Schedule

March 29

9 a.m.

Guided tours for local schools. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund has lesson plans and a trained guide. Field trips end at 3 p.m. [Call (805) 781-5766 or email [email protected] to schedule your group for a guided tour.]

March 29

5 p.m.

‘Welcome Home’ (opening) ceremony. Ceremony includes posting of the colors and community speakers.

March 30

7 p.m.

Candlelight vigil. Activity is conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Guadalupe chapter #982. Candles will be provided.

March 31

11 a.m.

2018 Veterans’ Stand Down. Community service providers will be available to provide information about services and benefits available to veterans. Activity ends at 3 p.m.

April 1

1:30 p.m.

Closing ceremony. Ceremony includes the playing of Taps.

 

“If all of the names could be in one place, these names would have great power—a power to heal. It would have power for individual veterans, but collectively, they would have even greater power to show the enormity of the sacrifices that were made.”  - Jan C. Scruggs, Founder of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), Inc.

Be Part of the Motorcycle Escort for TWTH

There will be a motorcycle escort for The Wall That Heals, as it makes it's way through San Luis Obispo county to the Madonna Meadows. The meeting spot will be at the Chevron truck stop on Betteravia, next to Pappy's Restuarant in Santa Maria, California. Please be on-site no later than 0830.  The Ride Captain will conduct the ride briefing before departure.  All makes, models and groups of riders are welcome. Show up a little earlier if you want to eat breakfast at Pappy's. Please contact Ride Captain, Jim Stitt, with any specific questions regarding the escort event: [email protected] or call or text (805) 458-2921. 

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer in support of The Wall That Heals, Volunteer training will take place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm at the Madonna Meadows.  Please try to attend.  Volunteers must register.  You may register here TWTH Volunteer SignUp.  Please note, volunteers will not be expected to perform security duties.  Private security will be provided for the duration of the event. 

Volunteer assignments may include:

Standing at several points along The Wall for public assistance and welcoming all visitors.

Monitoring flow of people and directing them around the exhibits on display in the Education Center trailer.

Assisting visitors in locating names on The Wall That Heals using The Wall app, Ipad or Directory of Names books provided by VVMF located in the tent.

Assisting visitors wishing to request a rubbing from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or complete rubbing on The Wall That Heals

Assisting visitors with questions, providing them with handouts found inside the tent.

Set-up & Tear-Down

Another volunteer opportunity!  We are in need of 18-20 volunteers for set-up and tear-down of The Wall That Heals.  We understand it is a long commitment, timewise, so we are happy to have help for any amount of time you can stay.  Any questions, please call 781-5766 or email [email protected].

Set-up

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 -- Noon to 6 p.m. – Set-up of TWTH with 18-20 special volunteers. The Site manager coaches them through training, gives them gloves and briefs them on procedures to ensure safe handling of TWTH and their safe execution of their tasks.  Volunteers may bring their own work gloves if desired.  The ones provided are very basic.  Any amount of time folks can stay is helpful.  They do not have to commit to the entire length of time. 

Tear-Down

Sunday, April 1st, 2018 – 2pm to 6:30pm - Take down of TWTH with 18-20 special volunteers.  The Site manager coaches them through training, gives them gloves and briefs them on procedures to ensure safe handling of TWTH and their safe execution of their tasks.  Volunteers may bring their own work gloves if desired.  The ones provided are very basic.  Any amount of time folks can stay is helpful.  They do not have to commit to the entire length of time

Background

On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 600 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial's healing legacy to millions.

The Wall That Heals allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin. The Wall That Heals & Mobile Education Center Specifications

TWTH Flyer & Brochures

The Wall of Faces

RememberEducateConnect

Find a name or group of names on The Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Download the app for your smart phone or smart device today!  Find the app HERE

In an effort to further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The memorial . The Wall of Faces allows family and friends to share memories, post pictures and connect with each other. As a quick reference, the links below lead to photos and information of each service member with a Home of Record in San Luis Obispo County or a neighboring county. 

San Luis Obispo County Fresno County                       
Santa Barbara County Kings County                 
Ventura County Kern County
Monterey County Tulare County

If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, please help the Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with a name. Regardless of whether or not the Memorial Fund has a photo of the individual already, you are encouraged to submit it anyway.  VVMF is trying to collect as many photos of each individual as possible. Submit a photo  Find out which photos are still needed for The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall of Faces, organized by state. Missing Photos

Request a Name Rubbing

Yes, a name rubbing can be completed on The Wall That Heals.  Paper will be supplied for this purpose.  You may also request a specific name rubbing, free of charge, here at any time.  In addition, Name Rubbing Request Forms will also be available on-site during the event.  Visit the Information tent or locate the donation boxes for a request form.  After the form is completed, save some postage and drop the card in the donation boxes to be hand delivered to Washington D.C.  You can use the Virtual Wall to search for any required information to complete your request. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To schedule an appointment or for information regarding VA benefits, please call (805) 781-5766.

To fax to our office, dial (805) 781-5769.

To reach Breanne Salmon, Mental Health Counselor, dial (805) 748-2403 or email bsalmon@co.slo.ca.us.

To reach Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF), regarding eligibility for homeless services, contact Jory Rogers at (805) 503-0944 or (805) 237-0352.