Dear Vietnam Vet (DVV) is a letter-writing campaign with the goal of getting a letter of thanks into the hands of every Vietnam veteran. The Vietnam War was long, expensive, and unpopular. Veterans returning home weren’t celebrated; they weren’t even thanked for their service. We believe it’s long past time to do so.

Photo: John F. Wade (left, father of DVV founder) and Charlie McMahon in Vietnam, circa 1968, from highly decorated Marine Battalion 2/5.

  • DC Veterans

    How it works

    1. Write a letter(s) and mail it to Dear Vietnam Vet, P.O. Box 1383, Bluffton, SC 29910. Or email it to

    2. We put each letter into a special DVV packet

    3. Packets are given to veterans via mail or at special Vietnam veteran events

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    What to say

    Please refer to our Write A Letter and FAQ page. This is a GREAT project for groups. You can organize a Letter Writing Party and send a packet of letters for Vietnam Vets!

  • Letters to Vietnam Veterans

    How to get started

    It’s as simple as putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Your acknowledgment means the world to those who sacrificed so much. A simple “Thank You” means more than you could ever know. Veterans of the Vietnam War sacrificed as much as every other veteran. However, the political climate on U.S. soil led to protests and unjustified resentment toward soldiers.

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For more information click here to be directed to the commemoration website. Thank you for your support.

Commemorating 50 Years

In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and “in conducting the commemorative program, the Secretary shall coordinate, support, and facilitate other programs and activities of the Federal Government, State and local governments, and other persons and organizations in commemoration of the Vietnam War.”