The Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, Inc. has received a lead gift of $2 million from philanthropist Lois Pope to kick off a campaign to raise money for a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor America's disabled veterans.
The gift, presented at the National Convention of Disabled American Veterans in Dallas, was made in honor of disabled vet Jesse Brown, former secretary of Veterans' Affairs in the Clinton administration and executive director of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. The foundation aims to raise $60 million for the memorial, which has been approved by Congress and will be located a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building. Pope, the widow of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope, Jr., is also the founder of the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and Leaders in Furthering Education, which work to save lives, improve the quality of life for families in need, and encourage young Americans to become leaders.
"America has a solemn obligation to assure the men and women who have served and sacrificed will never be forgotten or neglected," said Jesse Brown. "The sight of this memorial will be a constant reminder to us all that disabled veterans have paid the cost of freedom and borne the deepest wounds and scars of war."