Founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Jan C. Scruggs grew up in Bowie and joined the Army after high school. A wounded and decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. On his return home, he enrolled at Prince George’s Community College. In 1979, he began work on a plan to erect a memorial to those who served in Vietnam. Starting with $2,800 of his own money, he campaigned for the support of legislators and other veterans, finally persuading Congress to approve a site on the National Mall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund raised $8.4 million for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated in 1982 and has since become one of the most visited memorials in Washington, D.C. Scruggs transferred from Prince George’s Community College to American University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He received his law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He continues the effort to recognize the contributions of Vietnam veterans through the development of the Education Center at the Wall.