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You ask a challenging question; the answer depends upon how you do the accounting. There are a lot of different "costs" being reported by different sources, many of whom did not get their information from reliable primary sources. What items should be included in the "cost"? And do you use the value of the dollar in 1965-1975 or the current value of the dollar? A 2008 report of the Congressional Review Service of the US Library of Congress has estimated the direct financial cost of the Vietnam War at 111 billion 1975 dollars, which is 676 billion 2008 dollars. However, this is the excess cost over-and-above the estimated cost of maintaining a "normal" military force in peacetime, not the actual total spent. Another approach to looking at the cost is to look at the total of military spending for the Vietnam War period 1965-1975. 1965 -- 51 $billion .......... 1971 -- 79 $billion 1966 -- 58 $billion .......... 1972 -- 79 $billion 1967 -- 71 $billion .......... 1973 -- 77 $billion 1968 -- 82 $billion .......... 1974 -- 79 $billion 1969 -- 83 $billion .......... 1975 -- 87 $billion 1970 -- 82 $billion On this basis, the US spent 828 billion 1975 dollars on all military operations during the Vietnam War period, which is $5 trillion 2008 dollars. The CRS report mentioned above is assuming that we would have spent 80% of this amount even if there had been no Vietnam War. Please click the link below for the CRS report quoted in this answer.

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What was the Estimated financial cost of the Vietnam War to US?

See website: Vietnam War

How much financially did the Vietnam war cost the US?

Approximately $700 Billion in 2007 dollars.

How much money did reconstruction of Vietnam war cost?

It costed about 100 million dollars in US currency.

How much money did the US spend on the Vietnam war?

the US spend 140 billion Dollars on the Vietnam war

How much did the vietnam war cost American taxpayers?

The Vietnam War ended up costing American tax payers approximately 140 billion dollars. The US was directly involved with the war from 1965 to 1973.

Year by year how much money was spent by the US in the Vietnam War?

Begin with websites: Statistics about the Vietnam War & Vietnam War Time-Line

Where were the US troops in the Vietnam war?

Because the Vietnam war was fought between Vietnam and the US

How much money did US spent on Vietnam?

The overall total amount that the US spent on the Vietnam War was about $200 billion.

What role did the US play in the Vietnam war Vietnam War?

The US was at war with North Vietnam (informally-not with documents signed/declaration of war).

Why was the US at war with Vietnam?

We were at war with Vietnam because they disagreed with us about something.

How does the Vietnam war effect the people of Laos today?

Laos may not be as industrialized as Vietnam is; Vietnam learned much from the US.

How much did the Vietnam War cost the US taxpayers?

The war cost the United States 58,220 American lives and 153,303 wounded and 1,643 missing. Later somewhere from 70,000 to 300,000 veterans attempted or committed suicide and up to 700,000 had or have psychological trauma. The US spent $168 billion directly on the war and up to $900 billion on other expenses including veterans benefits and interest on borrowing money.

What is the cost of all wars of the US?

The cost of all wars in the US is trillions of dollars. World War II cost $4.10 trillion, Vietnam $738 billion, and the Iraq war 1.2 trillion.

Who was the US president during much of the Vietnam war?

Johnson & Nixon.

Why was there so much disagreement in the US over the Vietnam war?

The draft.

Did the United states win the war with Vietnam?

With North Vietnam (not Vietnam; Vietnam was created after the war). No, the US did not win the war.

What do the Afghanistan war and the Vietnam war have in common?

Nothing. The US is not at war w/Afghanistan. The US was at war with North Vietnam.

How many lives did the Vietnam War cost America?

Over 58,000 US servicemen died.

Why did US go to war with Vietnam?

The US went to war with Communist NORTH Vietnam to prevent them from conquering South Vietnam.

How was the Soviets war in Afghanistan like the US war in Vietnam?

The Soviets could not win it. It was long and cost many lives.

WHERE did the US attack the Vietnam war?


What are the differences with the war of Vietnam and Iraq?

The US is not at war Iraq. The US was at war with a nation called North Vietnam.

What was the US fatalities in the Vietnam War?

Over 58,000 US Servicemen died in the Vietnam War.

Why the US had a war with Vietnam?

During the Cold War, the US fought with Vietnam because of Communism

How did the Vietnam war end for the US?

The US redeployed; North Vietnam won the war (decisively).