Survey: Should A New Vietnam War Honorarium List the Names of All In-Country Veterans
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GET YOUR MILITARY MEDAL AWARD REPORT>Should A New Vietnam War Honorarium List the Names of All In-Country Veterans
TOPIC: After the construction of the National Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC thousands of Vietnam Veterans seeking either the same publicity Jan Scruggs received, or possessing a sincere desire to honor lost comrades, erected a local Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Over the next dozen years Vietnam Veteran Memorials began to appear in the capitols of every state, the public parks of almost every city, the lobbies of thousands of high schools, and a variety of other locations. When every state possessed its Vietnam Veteran Memorial there soon appeared "Tri-State" Memorials. Likewise with counties and cities. Tri-County and Tri-City Vietnam Veteran Memorials now exist. Many of these memorials are well kept, others have fallen by the wayside, ignored and forgotten.
But ignored on all of these Memorials are the names and contributions of thousands of Vietnam Veterans who pass away daily from latent disease or illness directly attributable to their in-country Vietnam War service. It is believed that Vietnam Veterans are dying at a rate almost equal to their World War II fathers and uncles. Of the estimated 2,709,918 men and women who served in-country Vietnam, it is believed that fewer than 700,000 are alive today.
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