The Vietnam Military Veteran

I have been told that the "boots on the ground" military veteran who have actually served in Vietnam during that war and are still alive is now less than 1% of the population of the USA.

The percentage of people in the military at that time that are still alive is less than 10% or so.  Almost all the veterans of that conflict are older than 65.

One article relating to that is:

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/science/how-many-vietnam-veterans-are-still-alive.html


A quote often attributed to Mark Twain but hopefully corrected here is:

http://www.twainquotes.com/Statistics.html

More importantly, I suggest, is that the military veteran who went to Vietnam went there thinking that he had a 50/50 chance of survival.  But for those who did survive that conflict, little thought was conceived that they may expire prematurely just from being there!

Many veterans of Vietnam are dying prematurely merely because of exposure to chemicals used there such as Agent Orange which has been determined to be the cause of many physical ailments later in life.  Many resulting in premature death.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Congress has been determined to somehow compensate such veterans by establishing a military disability ratings which allows tax-exempt payments as a kind of apology for the sacrifice that many veterans are still enduring.

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