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How much did the Vietnam War cost?

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2014-03-06 16:58:05
2014-03-06 16:58:05
Cost of Vietnam WarThe Vietnam War ended up costing the US around $584 billion.

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  • $30 billion in 1969
  • The real cost of Vietnam? For 58,000 Americans it cost them everything: The chance to ever see their families again, their chance to have a future, their chance to laugh, to cry, to have kids and grandkids, the chance to work at a job and experience life - all gone. For those of us who survived: The nights when you wake up with a flashback when you can still smell the burning flesh or remember the blood that splattered on you from a friend that you were talking to as an enemy's bullet hits him in the head. The terrible stomach problems that you endure because of Agent Orange and the VA will not recognize that its cause because the chemical makers have so much clout. The PTSD that makes people around you wonder what is wrong with you, the limp you have because a mine destroyed a leg. The real cost of the war? Far beyond $133 Billion.
  • The financial cost of the Vietnam War was $111 billion.
  • I believe that the cost of the Vietnam War was $133 billon dollars. This war did affect our economy but, not as severely as World War 2.

Can we be more specific about if that money includes the money we gave to France to support their efforts to colonize Vietnam after WW2?

FYI The US government is borrowing more money in one month than what the entire Vietnam War cost over 10ish years! Now obviously Present economy much bigger and we've had 34 years of inflation, but one could draw a conclusion that the current financial crisis is only just beginning! The total US debt could be pushing 100 trillion (of which some cost from Vietnam could still be part of the present total debt)! Vietnam (along with oil shocks) created the inflation of the 70's and it was tiny compared to todays debt...

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