National Vietnam War Veterans Day is a holiday that is true to its name and celebrates the American veterans who fought and aided in the Vietnam war. March 29 is National Vietnam Veterans Days and it marks the last day in 1972 when U.S. troops exited Vietnam. Around the same time, Hanoi released the rest of the acknowledged U.S. prisoners of war. Learn more about National Vietnam War Veterans Day here.
According to AmericanVeteranSaid.com, “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.”
Celebrate March 29 as a day to honor those that shaped the free world that we live in and enjoy today. Our service members deserve to be shown support in the sacrifices that had to be made in order to protect the livelihood that a free, democratic country gets to enjoy. Contact the Armed Forces Benefits Network for guidance and support.