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Renee C. Byer / rbyer@sacbee.com

A flag is placed on the wall of names during the 15th annual "Never to be Forgotten" ceremony at the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 25, 2014 in Sacramento.

AM Alert: State expands recognition for Vietnam soldier memorial

Published: Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 - 5:00 am

California’s 5,822 soldiers killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War are honored with a memorial in Capitol Park that lists their names on 22 black granite panels. But what about veterans who returned home, only to die from wounds they sustained abroad?

After realizing last year that one soldier had been inadvertently left off the list, veterans groups sponsored a bill that established an annual review of names to be added to the memorial. The law, which was signed in September, expanded the criteria to include deceased veterans whose deaths can be traced to an illness or injury from the war.

Now the Vietnam Memorial Name Committee is beginning the work of determining who can qualify to be placed on the wall. The committee will discuss the parameters that will be used to evaluate which names are added each year, 10 a.m. at the Department of Veterans Affairs on O Street.

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