Traveling Vietnam Memorial Visits a Prison for First Time Ever
The memorial was brought to CTF after a three-year effort by two combat veteran inmates who founded and operate the Veterans Services Office (VSO). Since the VSO started in 2005, it has assisted in the recovery of approximately $5 million in disability compensation to inmates for injuries received during military service. More than $4 million was earned compensation available to the eligible dependents of those veterans. Of the more than 215 veterans paroled with VSO assistance, only two are known to have returned with parole violations. As of April 2011 there were 3,913 veterans in the state prison system.
On June 22, CTF hosted a ceremony for “The Wall That Heals” inside the institution to acknowledge veteran inmates and recognize the efforts of the VSO. A second ceremony will be held on June 25 at 10 a.m. in the prison’s parking lot and is open to the public. This ceremony will provide the public an opportunity to honor those lost at war and recognized the efforts of the VSO. The memorial will be on 24/7 public display from 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25 through 9 a.m., Monday, June 27.