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I hope this works out for the vets. My one question is why are they called Vietnam Era Veterans if they were in Vietnam? If they were in Vietnam, they are Vietnam Vets, not Vietnam Era Vets. A Vietnam Era vet is someone who served in the military while the Vietnam war was going on, but didn't serve in Vietnam. Nothing wrong with that, but they aren't Vietnam Vets. I'm very picky about that. I received an award last month at a Marine Corps meeting I was invited to. When the Commandant called me up he said the award was for Vietnam era vets. I sat back down and told him I'm not a Vietnam era vet. I was there and am a Vietnam vet. Others laughed but I was serious as a heart attack. I didn't get much recognition after I got home, and I'll be damned if I'm going to be called an era vet. It's simply a personal thing to me.
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SGT (Join to see) - You did the right thing by not saying anything Brother Keith. I have seen those Caps at the VA. I would never wear one myself. I have a nice Marine Corps Cover that says "Vietnam Veteran" and that's what I wear if I wear one at all. Like I said Keith, FEA! .
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Sgt David G Duchesneau, It wouldn't have done anything but ruin a good friendship. So, unlike me, I let it go. I'm glad I did. I had a POW/MIA cap on at the VA and a woman came over and kissed me on the cheek, and said "Oh, you poor thing" before I could tell her I wasn't a POW/MIA, she was gone. As much as I like that cap, I haven't worn it since.
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LTC Stephen F.
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It has been over 40 years since the last troops were pulled out of Vietnam with those horrific images of people desperate to get into the US embassy and be evacuated.
I wonder how many hundred have died since that point without getting the treatment they needed for what would now be recognized as PTSD SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL.
I hope that this is not too little too late.
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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LTC Stephen F. I agree whole heartily, I am glad they finally realized their mistake and correct it. I hope they exonerate all whom deserve/pay the price with PTSD. "Better late than never"
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LTC Stephen F., Sice PTSD was diagnosed as a form of mental illness in 1980, I don't think there were that many Vietnam veterans who couldn't get help. It wasn't that long after the war that PTSD was finally accepted by the VA. While researching this I found and interesting article I didn't know and had not heard of.

Among American troops in Vietnam a greater portion of women experienced high levels of war-zone stress compared to theater men—39.9 percent versus 23.5 percent. The key to this fact is that the vast majority (6,250 or 83.3%) of the women who served in the war zone were nurses who dealt almost daily with death. Black veterans had nearly 2.5 fold the risk of developing war zone-related PTSD as compared to white/other veterans. Hispanics had more than three times the risk. But the most revealing fact, theater veterans injured or wounded in combat had nearly four times the risk of developing PTSD compared to those not injured/wounded according to two key studies—the August 2014 National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS). Paired with the late 1980s National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS).[37]

So, that's why I always praise nurses and call them a combat soldiers Angel.
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Does this also mean that they have to presume my denied 1970s claim for nervous disorder, but much later upheld claim for PTSD will now be valid and I will get 35+ years of back pay and benefits? Yeah......I can see that happening! But how can you presume the one without the other?
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