Thank a Vietnam War Veteran today, National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed annually on March 29 and is a way to recognize our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Other objectives in commemorating Vietnam vets are:
· Highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war
· Pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens
· Highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war
· Recognize contributions by our allies
The veterans recognized today include those U.S. Armed Forces personnel with active duty service from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location of service. Below are some sobering facts:
· Nine million Americans serving during that time
· 6.4 million Americans living today
· 2.7 million U.S. service members who served in Vietnam
· 58,000 whose names are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital
· 304,000 who were wounded
· 1,253 Missing in Action (MIA) heroes who have not yet returned to American soil
· 2,500 Prisoners of War (POWs)
The commemoration makes no distinction between veterans who served in-county, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years.
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