Military History/Vietnam war

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Dear sir,

USA have sent total around 500.00 soldiers to Vietnam, if I am right. Some of this people lost their ability to work because they were wounded or lost some part of body or because from PTSP or Vietnam sindrom.
When this people come back home, did USA take care about them by giving them pension? If so, what is the number of these people?

So, question is : do you know number of people who get this type of pension?


Best regards,


Goran

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The total number of American troops who took part in the war in Vietnam was 2.8 million.

Every U.S. veteran who is injured in the line of duty (including emotional trauma such as PTSD), is eligible for compensation (not a pension) from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

This web site explains what are called service-connected disabilities: http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets.asp

I'm sure the VA has a number for Vietnam veterans receiving these benefits. I haven't been able to find it, but my guess that it is in the tens of thousands.

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.

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Author and journalist with more than 35 years' experience.

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New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribute, New York Newsday, the Arizona Republic, St. Petersburg Times, Detroit News. Magazines: Smithsonian, Preservation, The VVA Veteran, Vietnam, Civil War Times, America's Civil War, Military History, World War II. Editor: The Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War

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BA, 1967, George Washington University, History MA, 1971, George Washington University, European History

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Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award, 2011

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