Jan C. Scruggs
Founder and President Emeritus,
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Jan C. Scruggs is the Founder of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the organization authorized by Congress in 1980 to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He was an authority on PTSD and the Memorial flowed from his academic research on that subject while at American University. Scruggs has been President Emeritus of Vietnam Veterans Memorial since June 2015. He served as President and Director of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for 35 years. He served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He was wounded and decorated for gallantry. He was appointed by President Obama as Chairman of the Selective Service Appeals Board. Mr. Scruggs received his BS and M.Ed from The American University in Washington, D.C. and his law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He lives in Annapolis Maryland with his wife of 42 years the former Rebecca Fishman.
**Executive Director’s Note** The 1986 Commemorative Works Act (the legislation that we are actively advocating for amendment of to change the ten year restriction for building a war memorial) was the regulatory framework created four years after the Vietnam Veterans’ War Memorial was placed on the Mall. The 1986 CWA is joking referred to as “The Jan Scruggs Legislation.” No future organization will ever build a memorial on federal land faster than Jan and his team accomplished the task between 1979 and 1982.