The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial serves as a national public tribute to the over three million living disabled American veterans and the countless hundreds of thousands who have died. The Memorial is located on a 2.4-acre triangular site across from the U.S. Botanic Garden and within sight of the U.S. Capitol, so members of Congress can be continually reminded of the human cost of war and the need to support America’s veterans. President Barack Obama led an assembly of more than 3,000 disabled veterans, veterans, guests and dignitaries on October 5, 2014 for the dedication of the memorial.
National leaders who spoke during the ceremony included Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, and actor and musician Gary Sinise, national spokesman for the Memorial.
150 Washington Ave., SW (Washington Ave. and Second St. SW) Washington DC. The memorial is located just south of the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill. The easiest way to get to the area is by public transportation. The closest Metro stations are Federal Center and Capitol South. See a map and directions to the National Mall.
The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial conveys an interplay of strength and vulnerability, loss and renewal with a star-shaped reflecting pool serving as the focal point. Three walls of laminated glass with text and images and four bronze sculptures will tell the story of the disabled veteran's call to service, trauma, challenge of healing, and discovery of purpose. The Memorial design was conceived by Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Ltd., and received final approvals from the Commission of Fine Arts in 2009 and the National Capital Planning Commission in 2010.
The project was funded by private contributions. The Memorial serves to educate, inform and remind all Americans of the human cost of war, and the sacrifices our disabled veterans, their families, and caregivers, have made on behalf of American freedom.
The Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, Inc. was created in 1998 through the combined efforts of philanthropist Lois Pope, foundation chairman; Arthur Wilson, national adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans; and the late Jesse Brown, former secretary of Veteran Affairs. Formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Foundation raises the $81.2 million in private funds needed to design, build and permanently maintain the nation’s first memorial dedicated to living and deceased disabled veterans