National Cemetery Administration
VA Launches "Find A Veteran, Post A Tribute" November Campaign
October 29, 2020
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration will launch a "Find A Veteran, Post A Tribute" campaign throughout November 2020 to increase awareness of the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM).
VLM is the nation's first digital platform dedicated entirely to memorializing nearly 4 million Veterans interred in VA's national cemeteries, honoring their service and sacrifice. Launched in 2019 with Veteran service and cemetery information, VLM now allows family, friends, and others to post tributes to a Veteran's page and to share Veteran pages using email, Facebook, and Twitter.
"VLM is the future of memorialization," said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves. "With this awareness campaign, we encourage visitors to find a Veteran on the website and post a tribute on the Veteran's page during the month of November. This is a great way for members of the public to help make sure that No Veteran Ever Dies."
The site, which can be accessed at www.va.gov/remember , allows visitors to "find a Veteran" using a search box and entering the Veteran's first and last name or an advanced search option using middle name and service branch to bring up a Veteran's page. Each page displays publicly available information gathered from VA records, including service branch with logo, dates of birth and death, rank, war period, highest decoration, emblem of belief, and grave location.
Visitors can "post a Tribute" (text comment) on a page as a guest user or by logging in as a registered VLM user using an ID.me account. Tributes can be made in three ways: as a direct entry on a Veteran's page; as a reply to someone else's tribute on a Veteran's page; or as a direct entry to a memento (photo) on a Veteran's page. Once a Tribute is reviewed by VLM moderators to determine if it complies with the VLM User Policy, it will be posted to the Veteran's page – typically within two business days.
Visitors can also share their Veteran's VLM page including Tributes to email and social media sites Facebook or Twitter by clicking one of the share buttons in the upper right of the Veteran's page.
The "Find A Veteran, Post A Tribute" campaign will include daily social media posts taken from existing VLM Tributes. Joining NCA in sharing these Tributes will be Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization dedicated to remembering Veterans' service and sacrifice, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit Veterans Service Organization that provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one, VA's Center for Women Veterans (CWV), and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.