On March 29, 1973, the last U.S. combat troops departed the Republic of Vietnam, ending our country's involvement in the Vietnam War. Today, we recognize that date as National Vietnam War Veteran's Day.
There are currently six million U.S. Vietnam veterans living in America and abroad.
As a military spouse of 32 years and in my role as CEO of Paladin Life Care, I have seen first hand some of the devastation that those veterans have suffered. Your observance and involvement will mean a great deal to them.
What can you do?
- Pay a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC to commemorate the day.
- Consider donating money to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to help those who are still alive and may need support.
- Talk to any family members who may have been a part of it. You may learn something interesting about them!
- Thank a Vietnam Veteran!
The conflict began during the 1950s when the struggle between the country's communist northern part and the anti-communist south escalated. The U.S. began its military effort to back the South in order to push back the onslaught.
While the U.S. ended its involvement in 1973, the conflict actually ended in 1975 with the fall of Saigon.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Vietnam War focused a lot of attention on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was then known as shell shock. This can happen when people are exposed to horrible and life-threatening experiences.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, the number of Veterans with the disorder varies by service era.
- 11-20 out of 100 Veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF) have PTSD in a given year.
- About 12 out of 100 Gulf War Veterans have PTSD in a given year.
- About 15 out of 100 Vietnam Veterans were diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s. It is estimated that 3 out of 10 of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
To get assistance for PTSD
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Five Vietnam War facts
- The average age of the soldiers was 19, compared to 26 in WWII.
- The Medal of Honor was awarded 258 times.
- The U.S. spent over $140 billion on the war
- 500,000 people attended an anti-war rally in Washington, D.C. in 1969.
- It isn’t called the Vietnam War in Vietnam. It's called the American War.
If you have questions about how to help our veterans, or if you or someone you know needs assistance with PTSD, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.
Alice Paxton, CEO
Paladin Life Care