National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2022

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March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This was the last day in 1972 that U.S. Combat troops left Vietnam. It was also around this time that Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged U.S. prisoners of war.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day honors members of the U.S. military who served during the Vietnam War.

On March 29, 2012, President Barack Obama officially declared the day as Vietnam Veterans Day. The proclamation asked Americans to observe the day with activities commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Veterans Day became an official holiday in 2017 when President Donald Trump signed the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.” It amends title 4 of the United States Code to include National Vietnam War Veterans Day as an occasion to display the American flag.

The bill was first introduced in the United States Senate on February 3, 2017 and passed by unanimous consent the same day without any amendments. The bill was later passed by the House on March 21, 2017, in a voice vote without any amendments, and signed into law by President Trump on March 28, 2017.

Of the 9 million U.S. military personnel who were on active duty during the Vietnam era, 6 million are still alive. However, of the 2.7 million service members who actually served in Vietnam, only 850,000 are still living.

Vietnam veterans who need help with daily living activities may qualify for the VA’s long-term care Aid and Attendance benefit. To find out more information call 877-427-8065 or click here.

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