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Jan Scruggs returns to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, joins in cleaning

Over 40 volunteers from NewDay USA participated in a day of service, cleaning the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They were joined by Jan Scruggs, whose efforts led to the wall's construction.
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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 21, 2018

WASHINGTON — As a group of volunteers cleaned the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Saturday morning, they were joined by a man who was arguably the most important figure in the planning and construction of the wall that honors the more than 58,000 Americans who died in the conflict.

Jan Scruggs, an Army veteran who retired as head of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in 2015, was making his first visit to the memorial since spending 28 days in a coma after an attack of endocarditis last year. He helped employees from NewDay USA carefully scrub the iconic wall.

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Former Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund leader Jan Scruggs joins more than 40 volunteers in cleaning the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., Saturday, April 21, 2018. It was Scruggs' first visit to the memorial he helped build since spending 28 days in a coma last year due to endocarditis.
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