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What Is A Vietnam Era Veteran?

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i went to national guard basic training from oct 1974 to feb 1975...then i went to active duty in germany from sept 1975 to march 1977.my question is this .am i considered a vietnam era veteran?

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August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975)

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No I don't think you be a Vietnam era veteran if you never went to Vietnam.

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Buck52 - you only need to have served "anywhere" between August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975, to be considered a VN era vet. Service with the NG doesn't count unless the feds activated them(under title 10, I think). Active duty for training doesn't count. just sayin . . .


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J basser and PR are correct:

"Veteran of the Vietnam Era
Veteran of the U.S. military, ground naval, or air service, and part of whose service was
during the period August 5, 1964 through May7, 1975, who:
1.served on active duty for a
period of more than 180 days and was
discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge, or.
2. was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected

“Vietnam era veteran” also includes any veteran of
the U.S. military, ground, naval, or
air service who served in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May
7, 1975"


It is a question that pops up from time to time.

My oil delivery man and I were BSing one day as he filled my oil tank and he mentioned some problems he was having.

I asked if he was a vet and if he was enrolled in the local VAMC and he said Not enrolled and I am not a Vietnam vet so I dont think they will help me.

After we talked a little more he told me when he had served and I said You are a Vietnam Era vet.

He had never thought of his service that way. I hope he did get some care from the local VAMC or elsewhere.

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I Stand corrected.

I know a veteran that served only 2 months Basic Training only..he hurt his back somehow? not sure what happen but he got a medical discharge right out of Basic Training this was 1967...anyway I met him about 12 years ago and he was only getting SSDI...I told him about the VAMC So I took him to the VAMC Along with his DD-214 and they enrolled him....he was tickled pink, now he can get all his meds there...so he went 30'45 years not knowing about his benefits he told me he just figured since he didn't serve no benefits for him.. this was back in 2006 he died in 2012 from his disability..he was a widower. age 69

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