SOBERING STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR


SOBERING STATISTICS FOR THE VIETNAM WAR

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Fw: Vietnam War Stats.UPDATE]

To all who served and are now serving — Thank you for your service.

Charlie
RVN class of 66-67
USMACV Phan Rang

Here are some updated statistics concerning Vietnam era service. I am surprised at the survivors update at the beginning of the stats.

In case you haven’t been paying attention these past few decades after you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics that are at once depressing yet in a larger sense should give you a HUGE SENSE OF PRIDE.

“Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, Less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran’s age approximated to be 54 years old.”

So, if you’re alive and reading this, how Does it feel to be among the last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in VietNam?!?!? …don’t know about you guys, but kinda gives me the chills, Considering this is the kind of information I’m used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets…

So the last 14 years we are dying too fast, only the few will survive by 2015…if any.. If true, 390 VN vets die a day. so in 2190 days…from today, lucky to be a Vietnam veteran alive….. in only 6 years..

These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward Observer – 1st Recon April 12, 1997.

STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY VIE TNAM VETERANS:

* 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975).

* 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March 28,1973).

* 2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of their generation.

* 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).

* 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1,1965 – March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.

* Of the 2.6 million, between 1-1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.

* 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.

* Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968).

CASUALTIES:

The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the 509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.

Hostile deaths: 47,378

Non-hostile deaths: 10,800

Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds acco unt for the changing total.

8 nurses died — 1 was KIA.

61% of the men killed were 21 or younger.

11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.

Of those killed, 17,539 were married.

Average age of men killed: 23.1 years

Total Deaths: 23.11 years

Enlisted: 50,274 22.37 years

Officers: 6,598 28.43 years

Warrants: 1,276 24.73 years

E1: 525 20.34 years

11B MOS: 18,465 22.55 years

Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.

The oldest man killed was 62 years old.

Highest state death rate: West Virginia – 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970).

Wounded: 303,704 — 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.

Severely disabled: 75,000, — 23,214: 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea.

Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.

Missing in Action: 2,338

POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)

As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

DRAFTEES VS. VOLUNTEERS:

25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S. armed forces members were drafted during WWII).

Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.

Reservists killed: 5,977

National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.

Total draftees (1965 – 73): 1,728,344.

Actually served in Vietnam: 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633.

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.

RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6% (275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.

86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);

12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.

170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.

70% of enlisted men killed were of North-west European descent.

86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.

14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.

34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.

Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of blacks of militar y age was 13.5% of the total population.

Religion of Dead: Protestant — 64.4%; Catholic — 28.9%; other/none — 6.7% SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS:

Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.

Vietnam veterans’ personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.

76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.

Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations.

79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered the military service. 63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.

Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South — 31%, West –29.9%; Midwest — 28.4%; Northeast — 23.5%.

DRUG USAGE & CRIME:

There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. (Source: Veterans Administration Study)

Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison – only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian li fe.

WINNING & LOSING:

82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will.

Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.

HONORABLE SERVICE:

97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.

91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country.

74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.

87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem.

INTERESTING CENSUS STATISTICS & THOSE TO CLAIM TO HAVE “Been There”:

1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of August,1995 (census figures).

During that same Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country was: 9,492,958.

As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. This is hard to believe, losing nearly 711,000 between ’95 and ’00. That’s 390 per day.

During this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13,853,027. By this census, FOUR OUT OF FIVE WHO CLAIM TO BE Vietnam vets are not.

The Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index of ficially provided by The War Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918 U.S. military personnel as having served in-country. Corrections and confirmations to this erred index resulted in the addition of 358 U.S. military personnel confirmed to have served in Vietnam but not originally listed by the Department of Defense. (All names are currently on file and accessible 24/7/365).

Isolated atrocities committed by American Soldiers produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while Communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all. The United States sought to minimize and prevent attacks on civilians while North Vietnam made attacks on civilians a centerpiece of its strategy. Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations.

From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers. – Nixon Presidential Papers.

http://www.nationalvietnamveteransfoundation.org

Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

Veterans Day: Discounts and Freebies

note: The discounts and freebies listed as 2012 were due to fast cutting and pasting.  To be sure, please call the service you are interested in ahead of time to be sure that the 2012 discounts apply to 2013. Also note that some dates listed as ‘Tuesday the 12th’ will be on ‘Monday the 11th’.

The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on goods, services and dining that have been announced for 2013, as well as a list of discounts from last year. Please check back frequently as this list is updated.

Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO’s include groups like the VVA, VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.

Note: Not all franchise locations participate in their national chain’s Veterans Day programs — be sure contact your nearest establishment to make sure they are participating.

2013 Veterans Day Discounts:

Applebees – Veterans and active duty military receive a free meal from a limited menu, including Fiesta Lime Chicken and Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Deal is good for dine-in only. Beverages and gratuity not included.

Champps — On Monday, Nov. 11, Champps will offer a free handcrafted burger with fries to veterans and active duty military.

Chili’s – Veterans and active duty can get a free entrée all day from a special limited menu on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The menu includes Chicken Crispers, Margarita Chicken, and Classic Turkey Sandwich.

Denny’s — Active, inactive and retired military personnel can get free all you can eat pancakes on Veterans Day nationwide with a valid ID.

Golden Corral – Golden Corral Restaurants’ Military Appreciation Monday free dinner will be available on Monday Nov. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Military retirees, Veterans, active duty, National Guard and Reserves are all welcome.

Grace for Vets – Car washes from around the world who join this program offer free car washes to veterans and servicemembers on November 11.

Home Depot  – Offers a 10 percent discount to all Veterans during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Home Depot offers the 10 percent discount year round to for active duty and retirees.

Knotts Berry Farm – Military Tribute Days at Knott’s Berry Farm includes free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel and one guest from November 4, 2013 to January 5, 2014. This deal also includes the purchase of six additional tickets for just $22 each from November 4 to November 27 and $27 each from November 28 to January 5.

Lowe’s – All Veterans receive the 10 percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The offer is available in stores only.

Max and Erma’s – On Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, participating Max & Erma’s locations are saluting veterans and active military personnel with a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo meal.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants – On Sunday, November 10, participating McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants offer a complimentary entree to vets from a special menu on a space available basis, online reservations are highly recommended. Be sure to contact your local McCormick & Schmick’s to ensure they are participating.

Menchi’s —  All veterans will receive a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Click here for locations.

National Parks – Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11) veterans will be invited to visit over 100 National Parks for free.

Red Roof Inn — In honor of Veteran’s Day, Red Roof Inn is offering 15% off at more than 350 properties nationwide in the month of November to veterans, active duty military and their families.

Sea World Parks and Entertainment – In addition to the Waves of Honor complimentary program for active duty military, veterans and current servicemember’s can get 50% off single-day admission tickets (off the front gate price) through November 11, 2013. This offer is available only online or at participating military bases, not at the front gate.

Shoney’s — Shoney’s will be offering a free All-American Burger to veterans and active duty servicemembers on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013. This offer is good at participating restaurants while supplies last.

Sport Clips – Many Sport Clips locations are offering veterans and active duty servicemembers free haircuts on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013 with proof of service.

2012 Veterans Day Restaurant Offerings:

7-Eleven – Offers will be offering veterans and servicemembers a free small slurpee on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – On Monday, November 11, 2012 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse will offer veterans and servicemembers will be able to get a free lunch entree or a one-topping mini or individual pizza. Click here to find a location near you.

Famous Dave’s — Free or discounted meals on Veterans Day. Offer varies by location. Click here for list of locations and specific offerings.

Hooters – All Veterans and active duty get 10 Free Boneless Wings with the purchase of a drink.

Krispy Kreme – All active-duty, retirees & Veterans get a free doughnut and small coffee on Veterans Day. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.

Little Caesars® Pizza – Little Caesars will honor members – past and present – of the armed forces on Monday Nov. 12, 2012, by providing veterans and active military members with a free Crazy Bread® with proof of military status or proof of service at participating stores nationwide.

Lone Star Steakhouse – On Monday, 11/12/2012, all veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entrée from our Stars & Stripes Menu. See your local restaurant for details. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation. Be sure to call ahead to verify local participation.

O’Charley’s – O’Charley’s will thank veterans and active duty military personnel, celebrating their service, by providing them with a complimentary meal on Monday, November 12. With their military I.D. or other proof of service, servicemen and women will receive their choices of meal from the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu.

Outback Steakhouse – The week of November 11th- 12th, Outback will be offering Veterans and servicemembers a Free Bloomin’ Onion and Cocoa-Cola product (non-alcoholic) beverage. In addition, Outback is offering all military servicemembers and veterans who present a proper ID* or a photo in uniform, will receive a 10% discount off their entire guest check.

Sizzler Steak House – Veterans and servicemembers can get a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012 until 4:00pm. The limited menu includes 3 entrees – 6 oz. Steak, Malibu Chicken, or a Half Dozen Fried Shrimp. Click here to check if your local restaurant is offering the Veterans Day freebie.

T.G.I. Friday’s – Veterans and Servicemembers can get a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Contact your nearest location for more details on their Veterans Day offer.

The Olive Garden – Veterans and servicemembers can get a free entrée choice from a special menu. The entrée choices include garlic bread sticks and choice of soup or salad. The offer is good on Sunday Nov. 11, 2012 at locations in both US and Canada.

Texas Roadhouse – Texas Roadhouse locations – nationwide – will offer veterans a free lunch on Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Choose from one of 10 free meals, plus sides and a drink. Offer good for ALL veterans – including all active, retired or former U.S. military.

UNO Chicago Grill – Veterans and active military members can get a free entrée or individual pizza with the purchase of an entrée or pizza of equal or greater value. This offer is good from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.

2012 Veterans Day Travel and Recreation:

Aqua Hotels & Resorts – 10% off for veterans.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, US Virgin Islands – Active and retired military get 30% off room-only rates and $150 in island credits. The offer is available on a minimum four-night stay between November 1 and November 30, 2012, subject to availability.

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – Special rates for members of the military and first responders for stays beginning Veterans Day (November 11) through January 3, 2013. Active duty and retired members of the military are asked to request the Salute to Service rate (rate code: GOV) when they make their room reservations at www.jwsanantonio.com or by calling the toll-free telephone number, 866-882-4420. A military or service I.D. is required at check-in.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – Active and retired military receive special rates and discounts on golf and amenities from November 8 – 11, including resort hotel room discounts, discounts off golf packages, and discounts on beach and umbrella rentals.2012 Veterans Day Retailer Offerings:

AARP Driver Safety – Get a free AARP Driver Safety classroom course or 50% off an online course.

Banana Republic – Veterans, military personnel and their families can get 50 percent off three full-priced items from November 12-15. Servicemembers, veterans and families who shop at Banana Republic on November 13 also can participate in special events geared towards helping veterans find jobs, including interview and resume tips from an HR expert, styling advice and refreshments.

Steve Madden – The shoe seller is doubling its everyday military discount for servicemembers on Veterans Day, for a total 30 percent off all regular-priced merchandise. Bring a form of military identification (past or present) to a Steve Madden store.

Toys “R” Us – Military moms, dads and family members can use a special discount coupon, good for 20 percent off one regular-priced item, valid from Sunday, November 11 through Monday, November 12. A military ID will be required at checkout.

Other 2012 Freebies:

Bush Presidential Libary and Museum – In line with its mission to preserve and make available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will offer free admission to military retirees and veterans with ID or proof of service. Additionally, active-duty service members and up to five qualifying family members receive free admission year-round. Veterans will also receive a 10 percent discount at the Museum Store on November 11.

Year-Round Veterans Discounts:

Foot Locker – Veterans, Servicemembers (Active, Guard, and Reserve), and their immediate families with a Foot Locker Veterans Advantage Card receive a 20 percent discount every day of the year. That offer is good both online and at any store location, including Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports — even on sale items.

Home Depot  – Offers a 10 percent discount (up to a $500 maximum) to all active military, reserve, retired or disabled Veterans and their family members with a valid military ID. All other Veterans qualify for a 10 percent discount during Veterans Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Lowe’s – Lowe’s offers a year-round 10 percent discount offer for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve, retirees and disabled Servicemembers and their immediate families. All other Veterans receive the 10-percent discount on Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The discount is available on in-stock and special-order purchases of up to $5,000. The offer can’t be used on sales at Lowes.com, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards. You must present a valid military I.D. card to receive the discount.

Winner of the VVMF Cruise for America’s Heroes

VVMF
Joe J. Barry,It is my great honor to announce the winner of the VVMF Cruise for America’s Heroes.After reading through hundreds of nominations from all over the country, we have selected Joe Connolly of Boston, Massachusetts as the recipient of the four-day Princess Cruises vacation to the Western Caribbean.

Take a look at the life of this amazing veteran, told by three of his children who nominated him:

My father is a Vietnam veteran. When he returned from war, he became a Boston firefighter and has dedicated his life to the service of others for over 40 years. Between providing for his family, working for our city, and putting four children through college, he has not been able to take a real vacation.
– Elizabeth Connolly

For the past 12 years my father has gone to DC for Veterans Day and has encouraged his children to come with him and show respect. It is always my favorite time of year, because I have the privilege of standing among the true heroes of this great country, the ones who survived and the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
– Michaela Connolly

Rather than take vacations, they attended little league games and Irish Step dancing recitals. Rather than buy new cars, they drove around in 15 year old clunkers so that their children could have a car to share in our teenage years. My parents haven’t been on a vacation in over 20 years because they put their children first.
– Joe Connolly

As a family man, a firefighter, and a veteran, Joe is the epitome of an American hero. We’re honored to give him some well-deserved R&R.

Jan Scruggs
President and Founder
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

P.S. There is still space available on this one-of-a-kind cruise. Book your room today!

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