Dr. Jill Biden speaks at the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of The Education Center at The Wall on November 28, 2012. (Photo by Bill Petros) Yesterday, I was honored to meet Dr. Michael McClung, a Vietnam veteran and Gold Star dad. Dr. McClung is the father of United States Marine Corps Maj. Megan McClung, who became the first female Marine Corps officer to die in Iraq when her Humvee was struck by an IED on December 6, 2006. Along with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, members of Congress, military leaders and other Gold Star families, we gathered for the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of The Education Center at The Wall, a future national landmark that will bring to life the stories of the more than 58,261 Americans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Located on the National Mall, the Education Center will uniquely bridge past, present and future by connecting veterans from all eras to one another. In addition to Vietnam veterans, the Education Center will also serve as a memorial to the lives of service members lost in Afghanistan and Iraq. read more

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