Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need a Memorial like this in Washington?

  • The nation’s capital is the obvious location for an appropriate national tribute to America’s disabled veterans, and it is long overdue.
  • There are more than four million living disabled veterans, with the number growing daily.
  • The nation’s capital is a top tourist draw, especially for patriotic visitors.
  • The Memorial site is within sight of the U.S. Capitol, so members of Congress are always aware of the human cost of war and the need to support America’s veterans.
  • The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is the only Memorial not defined by service branch, military unit or specific conflict.

Which Veterans Service Organizations support/endorse the Memorial?

  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • American Veterans (AMVETS)
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  • The Independent Budget (including AMVETS, DAV, VFW and Paralyzed Veterans of America)
  • Catholic War Veterans
  • Air Force Association
  • National Amputation Foundation
  • Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA)
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
  • Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)
  • American Legion
  • Reserve Officers Association

Who will care for the Memorial in perpetuity?

  • After dedication, the Memorial will be transferred to the National Park Service.
  • 10% of the estimated cost of construction of the Memorial has been paid to the National Park Service for the perpetual care of the Memorial.

Will the names of disabled veterans be displayed on the Memorial?

  • The men and women who became disabled in their service in the Armed Forces of the United States have made an invaluable contribution to America. From its inception, the Memorial’s mission has been to recognize that contribution and serve as a solemn, collective reminder of the permanent human cost of conflict. We do not list individual disabled veterans by name, however, the Memorial honors each and every one for their service, sacrifice and enduring heroism.


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