Senator Hagel’s dedication to supporting and honoring veterans, along with preserving the memory of the Vietnam War and taking lessons from past wars, was a cornerstone of his work in the U.S. Senate. Given Hagel's background as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration in 1981-1982 and a soldier in Vietnam in 1967-1968, this dedication is of no surprise. Learn more about Hagel's background in our online exhibit, Charles Timothy Hagel: A Life in Photographs.
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Hagel broke ground with fellow veterans for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on March 26, 1982. He has maintained a connection with the Wall ever since through his involvement with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council and by speaking at the Wall on Memorial Day and Veteran's Day and for anniversaries of the Wall's groundbreaking and dedication.