Thursday October 11, 10:48 am Eastern Time

Press Release

SOURCE: Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation

Memorial Honoring Disabled Veterans Receives Final Site Approval; Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation Commends Swift Action

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation today announced final approval of a memorial site to honor disabled veterans. In a vote yesterday, the National Capital Planning Commission approved the Capitol Hill location for the Memorial.

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will honor the 2.3 million veterans of the Armed Forces who became disabled for life while defending our American freedom. It will commemorate their sacrifice, their dedication and ensures that disabled veterans are always remembered. The National Capital Planning Commission approved the three-acre site across Washington Avenue, SW, from the U.S. Botanic Gardens. This vote was the final of three steps required to approve the Memorial's location.

``I commend the National Capital Planning Commission ?as well as the National Capital Memorial Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts for their swift action,'' said Mr. Arthur H. Wilson, President of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation and National Adjutant of the Disabled American Veterans. ``This Memorial is long overdue as it will honor those whose wounds and scars serve as daily reminders of the cost of war.''

Lois Pope, Chairman of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation and the visionary of this project, added, ``Today is a great day for America's disabled veterans. Now that we have secured a site, we can move forward to honor these deserving men and women. America would not be the home of the free and the land of the brave if not for these veterans' sacrifices.''

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be funded by private contributions. The not-for-profit Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation is organized in accord with IRS section 501 (c)(3) to conduct a national fund- raising campaign, thus all contributions are tax deductible. Leading the campaign are Foundation Chairman Lois Pope, Foundation President Arthur Wilson, Foundation Executive Director Jesse Brown and Foundation Chief Operating Officer Robert Hansen.

The Honorable Jesse Brown, former secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Foundation's Executive Director, said ``Because this site is near the Capitol Building ... this shrine will provide a reminder of war's true human cost. The site of the Memorial, adjacent to Capitol Hill, will remind both legislators and citizens of the sacrifices disabled veterans paid for our freedom. The site will also afford a large number of people the opportunity to view the Memorial and meditate upon all that it represents.''

Legislation for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Public Law 106-348, was signed into law October 24, 2000. The legislation enjoyed broad bipartisan support in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

The mission of the Foundation is to honor the millions of veterans of the Armed Forces who became disabled for life while defending our American freedom. It is to commemorate their sacrifice, their dedication and ensures that disabled veterans are always remembered.

SOURCE: Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation