State of Vermont Contributes to In Memory Plaque Project

On July 3rd, Vermont became the first state in the nation to make a donation to the ABMC-Vietnam Plaque Fund. Major General Martha Rainville, Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, presented a check for $7,500 to Vietnam Veterans of America's Vermont Council Vice-President John Miner.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to present this check," said General Rainville. "It is essential that we recognize that many of those who sacrificed their life in the protection of our nation did so days, months or years after they left Vietnam. Their patriotism and commitment to freedom is no less than those who died on the battlefield."

Vermont legislator Rep. Mary Morrissey, who sponsored the funding legislation, which was signed by Governor Howard Dean June 21, said "We need to suport the veterans of all eras, whether they served in Vietnam, Korea, World War II or in any other American Conflict. When John Miner brought this to my attention, I immediately felt we needed to honor our Vietnam Veterans who died back home from war-related complications."

Click here to see Vermont's generous gift check. Please follow Vermont Vietnam Veteran John Miner's example by reaching out to request donations from large organizations and philanthropic sources, including state and local governments, businesses and organizations.

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