Veterans who served during the Vietnam era may be eligible for both service and non-service connected VA benefits. This includes veterans who were exposed to various service-related hazards during the war like Agent Orange, and vets who experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after the war ended. Read more
The Vietnam War, also known as the Vietnam Conflict, began in 1954. It was fought between the communist regime of North Vietnam (the People’s Army of Vietnam) and the government of South Vietnam (Army of the Republic of Vietnam). North Vietnam was supported by its allies in South Vietnam (the Viet Cong), along with China and the Soviet Union. South Vietnam was backed by the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and South Korea. The war ended in 1975 with the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the North Vietnam army and Viet Cong.
Within the Veterans Administration, veterans who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam Conflict are called “Vietnam-era veterans.” For pension purposes, the VA defines the Vietnam-era as (1) the period from February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period, and (2) August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975 in all other cases. Read more
The Korean War was a conflict between noncommunist South Korea (the Republic of Korea) and communist North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic). The war began on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953 with an armistice agreement that established a “…complete cessation of all hostilities by all armed forces…”
North Korea was supported by China, Russia and Russian allies (Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia and Hungary). South Korea was backed by 21 United Nations countries, including the United States. An estimated 90% of the soldiers sent to South Korea came from America. Read more
Over 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War. Today an estimated 2.25 million Korean vets are still living. Most are now in their 80s. Read more
World War II began in 1939 and lasted until 1945. It was a global war fought on four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
The U.S. entered the war following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Approximately 16 million Americans served during the war, with an average duration of service of 33 months. Read more