The government sent them to jungle prisons called re-education camps. For many, the jungle was their grave, and they never returned to their families. The regime closed the last camp in 1998, but they left behind the casualties in marked and unmarked graves to be overgrown by the jungle. For the families of the casualties, the only way to find closure and peace is to recover the remains of their loved ones and release them from their jungle prisons.
December 2006 welcomed a new chapter in the life of the Foundation as The Returning Casualty initiative began to take shape. Through this project, we hope to bring closure and peace of mind to the many Vietnamese Americans who lost their relatives in the post-war reeducation camps, while honoring those who were persecuted in jungle camps and at home for their ideals and died for the future of their country. Since December 2007, we have successfully located nearly 500 reeducation camp graves, and helped 68 families collect the remains of our loved ones.