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Jan Scruggs

Jan Scruggs is best known for being the founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Scruggs served as a corporal in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, and upon completion of his service attended American University in Washington, D.C where he obtained a master's degree in counseling.

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Jan Scruggs to left VVMF position; our partner in Education Center at The Wall
Thank you, Jan Scruggs, for helping to heal a nation.
Today in 1988 - NBC aired "To Heal A Nation," the story of Jan Scruggs' effort to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Vietnam vet Jan Scruggs' brooding on wounds of the mind led to one of D.C.'s most distinctive memorials (from 2015)…
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One of my favorite memorials is the Vietnam Wall. My friend Jan Scruggs came up w/ the idea to honor men and women who were often forgotten.
May 29 1988 is To Heal A Nation Day. NBC aired Jan Scruggs effort to build the with $2…
Jan Scruggs VVMF is with AIVMI's President and has Homeless in Homestead. Why don’t you?
I'm honored to be endorsed by my friend Jan Scruggs, who founded the Arlington-based Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. http…
NEXT SUNDAY: 35th Anniversary Wreath-Laying of Groundbreaking of The Wall with remarks by Jan Scruggs and Bob Doubek
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.Retirement Gala for Jan Scruggs, founder of The Wall set for 5/30 with as Master of Ceremonies
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund founder Jan Scruggs on lessons learned: We need to think before jumping in
A nicknamed the “Wall Guy,” played a huge role in the creation of the legendary Veterans…
Jan Scruggs to leave VVMF our partner in Education Center at The Wall
"There would be no Wall without Jan Scruggs" - Chuck Hagel
In 1988, the T.V. movie "To Heal A Nation" was made about Jan Scruggs' efforts to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. www.vvmf.org/jan-scruggs This clip is taken from dramatizations and real-life footage of the dedication.
WHO FORMED THE IDEA OF THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was founded by Jan Scruggs, who served in Vietnam (in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade) from 1969-1970 as a infantry corporal. He wanted the memorial to acknowledge and recognize the service and sacrifice of all who served in Vietnam. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. (VVMF), a nonprofit charitable organization, was incorporated on April 27, 1979, by a group of Vietnam veterans (John Wheeler, Chairman of the Board for VVMF, served in Vietnam as a captain at U.S. Army headquarters from 1969-1970; Robert Doubek, VVMF project director, then executive director, served in Vietnam from 1968-1969 as an Air Force intelligence officer) in Washington, D.C. Jan Scruggs (President of VVMF) lobbied Congress for a two acre plot of land in the Constitution Gardens. Significant initial support came from U.S. Senators Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (on November 8, 1979, Senator Mathias introduced legislation to authorize a site of nation ...
05/27/2014 12:38 PM CDT - Reading of the Names Ceremony at the Vietnam War Memorial As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, D.C., Saturday, May 24, 2014 - As we all know here this morning, things don't just happen. And I want to begin with acknowledging the leadership of Jan Scruggs and many sitting here in the front row who began this magnificent journey of building a Vietnam Veterans Memorial many, many years ago. And to you, Jan, and to your board and co-founders, we continue to acknowledge you and thank you for what you do for all of us. And I think this event this morning, recognizing a very special group of individuals, is further testimony to what you started a long, long time ago. And those of us who've had the privilege of being part of that acknowledge it and are grateful for the opportunity to be part of what you started. So to Jan, thank you. I also want to use this moment to acknowledge and put endorsement in for the continued efforts many of yo ...
VN : Vietnam War fatalities rate a picture in time  - The project is the brainchild of Jan Scruggs, a Vietnam...
VVMF Founder & President, Jan Scruggs & Board Member, John Dibble met with Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel today
It was memorial Day, 1986, and my brother Bill and I were in the VIP tent at the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial. We were there as the invited guests of Jan Scruggs, the Viet Nam Vet who spear headed the memorial. The occasion marked the addition of 110 additional names on “The Wall”. Among the many dignitaries that we got to hob nob with was Senator Bob Dole. He was gracious enough to shake our hands. (He shook with his left hand due to a WWII injury to his right arm and hand) I met Jan the previous year when the half scale replica of the memorial came to Santa Rosa and was set up at Santa Rosa Junior College.. I was living and working in Santa Rosa at the time and had heard about it from a counselor I knew. When I arrived on a Friday afternoon and helped with the set up, I knew that I couldn’t leave. I spent the next two nights and the best part of three days right there in a tent next to the wall. Standing guard with other Viet nam vets who felt the same strong tug to stay and not leave. I serv ...
Jan Scruggs, founder of Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to speak at welcome ceremony for the Wall That Heals
Vietnam memories remain strong: Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, poin...
After the Viet Nam Moving Wall left this week end alot of folks are asking me question about the real wall in Washington.Many think it was just a project thrown together by someone in that area.I do know this.In 1979 a Viet Nam veteran-Jan Scruggs came up with the idea for a Memorial for our Fallen brothers and sisters of the Viet Nam war. 1980 Pres.Jimmy Carter signed legis lation in July that had unanimously passed in Congress.1981 1421 design entries was narrowed down to 1026 entries.The selected design was entered by a 21 year old Vietnamese Yale architecture student Maya Ying Lin. 1982 the Memorial Fund and design opponents compromised and agreed to add a inscription to the memorial along with a flag and statue.Ground breaking started March 11,1982.Lot of other things were entailed but I don't know the order in which the occured. But the one thing that always touch my heart is that a young Vietnemes girl cared enough for the young men and ladies that died for her country would take part to help i ...
Vietnam vet Jan Scruggs is the man behind the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Barry Petersen reflects with Scruggs on the impact the memorial has had on veterans and their loved ones.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, among the popular tourist destinations in Washington D.C., turns 30 this year. On it are the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died in the conflict. The memorial came about because of the efforts of one man, Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs, who remains ...
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial turns 30 this year, and founder and veteran Jan Scruggs reflects on its meaning -> VIDEO:
Jan Scruggs, the veteran who started the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, talks about the power of "the wall"
There are now TWO Bowie High graduates in our house tonight, 38 years apart! An emotional but happy day. Jan Scruggs, also a Bowie High alum and founder of the Vietnam War Memorial, was the guest speaker. A touching speech and a great guy. Principal Dr. Bey gave one last lesson/speech. The parents probably appreciated it more than the graduates as it validated the lessons we as parents have been preaching for 12 years now. Oh, Happy Day!
When we spoke to Jan Scruggs in 2007, Robin Young asked him the the Vietnam Wall and the Education Center he's trying to build there could be visual reminders of war that could prevent future wars. He said: "I believe the day will come when people will beat their swords into ploughshares but it may not be in your life or mine."
ON THIS DATE: 1977 - An opinion piece by Vietnam verteran Jan Scruggs appeared in "The Washington Post." The article called for a national memorial to "remind an ungrateful nation of what it has done to its sons" that had served in the Vietnam War.
Jan Scruggs keeps up the fight to build Education Center at Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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