But some have debated the value of such efforts. Indeed, the White House's proposed budget eliminates the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), along with its sister agency, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEH is the federal agency that makes local programs like "A Journey through Vietnam" possible, through grant making across the nation and core funding to state humanities councils like ours. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with NEH support, Maryland Humanities is able to provide free access to educational opportunities throughout the entire state — from Mountain Maryland to the Eastern Shore. In 2016, we directly served nearly 52,000 people of all ages and backgrounds, from students to teachers and incarcerated populations.