Frequently Asked Questions
About the Memorial Tributes
Can a veteran of any war be submitted to the Memorial?
What is the cost of a Veteran Tile?
There are two types of Memorials, Standard -$55 one-time cost and Enhanced- $95 one-time cost.
What information is placed on the Tile?
The Tile is created and inscribed with the Veteran’s name, branch of service, rank, name of war, birth and death dates and, related war details/status (Died of Wounds, Killed in Action, Lost to Invisible Wounds of War, Missing in War, Survived the War)
Will the Guest book be available for Standard and Enhanced memorials?
With both types, a direct link to the Veteran Memorial page is provided. Both types of Memorials also include an online Guest Book where family and friends can share their thoughts and memories of the Veteran.
The Enhanced Tile allows the donor to provide more information including their story of the life of the Veteran, photographs, and special memories.
How long will my Veteran’s Tile remain on the website?
The Tile and related information will remain on the Virtual Veterans Memorial indefinitely.
Will I be notified when my Veteran’s tile is published?
Once the submission has been reviewed and approved it will be published. At that time you will receive an email with a direct link to the Virtual Veterans Memorial webpage where the Tiles appear. These Tiles are rotating and not alphabetical so that all veterans’ names will have a chance to be immediately visible. If yours is not on the immediate page you will be able to put your veteran’s name into the search.
Will I be able to make changes to the information after it is published?
If you would like to make a change in your veteran’s memorial information you can email a request to email@example.com
Will someone else be able to add to my Veteran’s Story?
Once the Tile is published no one will be able to make changes online. Only the person submitting the Veteran’s information will be able to request a change to the information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The purpose of the Guest Book is for friends and family to make comments.
About Virtual Veterans Memorial
What does it mean to be Lost to Invisible Wounds of War?
As an organization that supports specifically PTSD and TBI combat veteran spouses and their families, we know the long-lasting effects war has on our veterans. Veterans who have struggled post-deployment PTSD and /or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) do not always receive the help or support they need. They may become consumed with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and isolation. When this happens, they may become homeless, destroy their lives through addiction, or sadly, commit suicide. These Veterans have lost their lives to the consequences of war. Our belief is that whether a Veteran lost their life while deployed or took their own life slowly through addiction or suddenly through suicide, they are a victim of war. The manner of their death in no way diminishes their service or sacrifice to their country. Our goal is to provide their families with the opportunity to honor their service and sacrifice.
How has the Virtual Veterans Memorial been funded?
The initial cost of developing the website came from a corporate gift donation received from The Nordson Corporation. Tax-deductible donations in support of the Memorial defray the cost of maintaining the website. Donations can be made directly to Hearts of Patriots.
If maintenance of the website is supported by donations, what is the revenue for a Veteran Tile used for?
Revenue from Tiles supports the Hearts of Patriots programs that assist our PTSD and TBI combat veteran families still living with the consequences of war.
Why is the Virtual Veterans Memorial copyrighted?
All graphics and text used to create the website are the intellectual property of Hearts of Patriots and protected by the United States and international copyright laws and treaties. All personal notes and graphics in remembrance of a veteran are the property of the private individual submitting the Veteran Tribute.
Do you allow advertisement on the website?
No. The VVM is a somber remembrance to all who served, and the purpose of the Memorial is to honor that service. We believe including any form of commercialization would be exploiting the sacrifice of our veterans.
Is the Virtual Veterans Memorial a non-profit endeavor?
VVM is a Project of Hearts of Patriots a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide education, support, and resources to PTSD and/or TBI combat veteran spouses and families of all wars.
How did the idea of the Virtual Veterans Memorial come about?
The stigma surrounding mental and emotional health disorders is no more apparent than in the military where seeking treatment for anything remotely related to a mental health condition is considered a sign of weakness. An estimated 17% of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from TBI, and 20% are diagnosed with PTSD. An estimated 35% will develop PTSD over time. Veterans with PTSD and TBI can also be at risk for becoming part of another statistic, Suicide. Each day 20 veterans take their own life.
Often for their families, the stigma of mental health conditions continues overshadowing their veteran’s service and contribution to our country. The death of a veteran from suicide is a tragic outcome of their service. It just didn’t take place while on the battlefield. The Virtual Veterans Memorial is a safe place for families of veterans lost to the invisible wounds of war to celebrate their loved one’s life and their service to their country.
The Virtual Veteran Memorial offers families of those lost to Invisible Wounds a chance to honor their veteran’s service, recognizing that their death is not a result of any weakness on the part of the veteran. Instead, it is a result of our military’s inability to aggressively treat invisible wounds and a failure to destigmatize mental and emotional health issues.
Honoring our veterans’ service provides us with the opportunity to face a hard reality. Moral injury and invisible wounds are consequences of sending young men and women to war. It is time to acknowledge the inevitable; our military men and women will sustain mental injuries in the line of duty that will require treatment in the same way a broken arm requires treatment.