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More than 150,000 Vietnam veterans have committed suicide since coming home from Vietnam. This is almost three times the number of soldiers that actually died during the war.
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Two Accounts The First View: Some believe they weren't. Those have that belief say it is a myth propagated by a government that was trying to turn around anti-war… sentiment by telling stories of "hippies" spitting in the faces of "vets returning from Vietnam." In reality, celebrities like Jane Fonda and a few Viet Nam veterans were working together with anti-war activists to stop the war. The second view: Perhaps a more realistic assessment would be to recognize that we tend to dislike what we're uncomfortable with, and clearly, Americans were uncomfortable with the Viet Nam War. Many did not understand the rationale for our involvement in Indochina in the first place, while others were ambivalent about the idea of our presence in a country, whatever the justification, when half of the population didn't want us there. Even of those who supported the Viet Nam War, many were dismayed by the government's decision to engage in a limited, and therefore unwinnable, war. Unfortunately, whatever the basis for the objections to the war, returning veterans were often viewed by their fellow Americans as reminders of an embarrassingly failed mission...one which many believe we should not have embarked upon in the first place...and that makes us uncomfortable. Contrary to the assertions of the first poster, while there certainly were some veterans (like John Kerry, for instance) who worked with anti-war activists, the vast majority did not. Accusations against fellow veterans by some of those who did, such as calling them murderers, baby killers, rapists, etc., did little to help gain appreciation for, and acceptance of, our returning veterans. It would be easy to blame the government for our embarrassment and regret over how we treated our returning veterans, but wouldn't it be better to accept responsibility for our own actions and ensure that it will never happen again?
over 58,000 men and 8 women
While there are no hard numbers, about 100,000 veterans of Vietnam have committed suicide. Many of them suffered with post traumatic stress disorder that was never treated… or treated properly.
Over 2 1/2 million men served in country; over 3 million total served in SE Asia. Minus the 58,000 dead, and attrition over the past 40 years, would be the remaining vet…erans. The VA website has an approximate list showing numbers.
58,267 names are arranged chronologically in order of the date of casualty.
Over 2 million. Over 2 1/2 million men served in country.
For the United States, and disregarding time and age; there were over 2,590,000 men serving in Vietnam, of which over 58,000 died.
3,403,100 US servicemen served in SEA (South East Asia). 2,594,000 men served in country.
There should be less than 3,403,100 Vietnam veterans.
Counting Southerners and Northerners; millions (remember, MANY of these men were teenagers when they fought).
Wikipedia says the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is 2.00 acres. Hope this helps! -Josh
In Vietnam War
Im sure its around 63%!?
A VA doctor estimated that 200,000 U.S. soldiers died from suicides and that the numbers of suicides related to media were low because some of the suicides were deemed acciden…ts from self inflicted gunshot wounds to drunk driving accidents and no suicide notes were left behind.
I think it was mostly part of a personal healing process. This last "opportunity" to leave behind a letter or a "gift" in a meaningfully designated place was in some cases a f…orm of honored remembrance, a "thank you," a way of saying goodbye, or just a token that "I was here to remember you." Many veterans returned from Vietnam with a mixture of feelings; pride, regret, guilt, honor, thankfulness, pain, joy upon returning home, but with a twinge of "guilt/sorrow" for those who didn't. To me, to leave a "gift" or some meaningful token at the memorial wall was to say "thank you" to those who helped us get through the experience and who made the ultimate sacrifice of mind, body, or life itself. We veterans who were fortunate enough to return home have a special bond with the others, we will always have special feelings for them, and we want to acknowledge this by visiting the wall and, perhaps, symbolically leaving a part of our being to be with them always.
They are showing that they remember their fallen comrades.