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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

    NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY

    Is there a national day that honors Vietnam Veterans?

    Yes; March 29 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, uniting Americans to

    thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

    On March 28, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed into law The Vietnam War

    Veterans Recognition Act of 2017, designating every March 29 as National

    Vietnam War Veterans Day.

    National Vietnam War Veterans Day joins six other military-centric national

    observances codified in Title 4 of the United States Code §6 (i.e., Armed Forces

    Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National Korean War Veterans Armistice

    Day, Navy Day, Veterans Day).

    March 29 is a fitting choice for a day honoring Vietnam veterans. It was chosen

    to be observed in perpetuity as March 29, 1973 was the day United States Military

    Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished and also the day the last U.S.

    combat troops departed Vietnam. In addition, that same day Hanoi released the

    last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.

    VIETNAM VETERANS

    What is the purpose of this Commemoration?

    Simply put, to thank and honor our Nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families

    for their service and sacrifice.

    Congress outlined a total of five objectives for The United States of America

    Vietnam War Commemoration, with the primary objective being to thank and

    honor Vietnam veterans and their families on behalf of the Nation for their service

    and sacrifice, with distinct recognition of former prisoners of war and families of

    those still listed as missing in action.

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    The four remaining objectives highlight the service of our Armed Forces and

    support organizations during the war; pay tribute to wartime contributions at home

    by American citizens; highlight technology, science and medical advances made

    during the war; and recognize contributions by our Allies.

    For this Commemoration, what defines a Vietnam veteran?

    The Commemoration honors all United States veterans who served on active duty

    in the U.S. Armed Forces from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of

    location.

    We make no distinction between veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or

    who were stationed elsewhere during the Vietnam War period. All were called to

    serve, none could self-determine where they were stationed, and all were seen in

    the same way by a country that could not separate the war from the warrior, as we

    do today.

    How many Americans living today served during the Vietnam War period?

    The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that currently there are more than

    6 million Vietnam veterans living in America and abroad, along with 9 million

    families of those who served during this time frame.

    Does the Commemoration honor those who fought the war and, after

    returning, opposed U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia?

    The Commemoration thanks and honors all our Vietnam veterans and their

    families, regardless of their political views.

    Do you have any interviews from Vietnam veterans?

    Yes; the Commemoration is collecting oral history interviews on video of Vietnam

    veterans and their families. As we interview these Vietnam veterans, we are able

    to leverage their vast network of fellow veterans to interview and capture a wide

    breadth of experiences – all ranks, Services, specialties and viewpoints – that

    reflect personal thoughts and opinions about all aspects of the war.

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    Eventually, this collection of interviews will be shared, unedited, with the Library

    of Congress Veterans History Project. In addition, we anticipate these interviews

    being available on the Commemoration website in the future. As of January 2020,

    more than 700 interviews have been completed.

    VIETNAM VETERAN LAPEL PINS

    What is a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin?

    The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin is “a lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.”

    These lapel pins were created to recognize, thank and honor United States military

    veterans who served on active duty during the Vietnam War period.

    Who is eligible to receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin?

    Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

    from November 1, 1955 to and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to

    receive one lapel pin.

    How does a Vietnam veteran get a lapel pin?

    The Commemoration is providing Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins exclusively to

    Commemorative Partners for dignified presentations to U.S. military veterans who

    served during the Vietnam War period.

    These lapel pins are meant to be presented publicly and individually to Vietnam

    veterans only. However, if a Vietnam veteran is unable to attend a public

    ceremony, Commemorative Partners are authorized and encouraged to present

    lapel pins to these veterans in a private setting.

    Vietnam veterans and their families can locate upcoming commemorative events

    by visiting http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/. Zoom in to locate your state

    and city or town. Blue pins represent future events. When a pin is clicked, details

    about the event are revealed, including contact information. If there are no blue

    pins in your area, check back frequently, as new events are added every week.

    Veterans who need help finding a commemorative event can email

    [email protected]

    https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/about/vietnam_veteran_lapel_pin/ [email protected]

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    How do Commemorative Partners acquire these lapel pins to present to

    Vietnam veterans?

    Commemorative Partners can request lapel pins and other materials by submitting

    the DD 2956 Form found under the Event Support tab in the Partner Portal. For

    best results, use the online form. Note: Portal access requires the User ID and

    Password emailed to the Commemorative Partner Chairperson upon acceptance in

    the program.

    What do the images on this lapel pin symbolize?

    The images on this lapel pin are significant; great care and thoughtfulness were

    used in their selection. The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Fact Sheet explains each

    element incorporated in this lapel pin. We encourage all our Commemorative

    Partners to provide a fact sheet with each lapel pin they present.

    Are these lapel pins free?

    Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins, and all other Commemoration materials, are provided

    to our Commemorative Partners at no cost, and are intended to be freely presented

    at commemorative events. No Vietnam veteran should ever pay to receive this

    “lasting memento of the Nation’s thanks.”

    When were Vietnam veteran lapel pins first released?

    The Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin was initially introduced in small numbers in late

    2014 with the first lapel pin presented to then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    Full production of lapel pins began in 2015 and they have been available to our

    Commemorative Partners for presentation to eligible Vietnam veterans ever since.

    Can service members of our Allies receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin?

    While we recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by our Allies in

    Vietnam, Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins are specifically for U.S. veterans.

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    Can civilians working and/or injured in Vietnam during the Vietnam War

    period receive a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin?

    While we highlight the contributions of Federal agencies and non-governmental

    organizations that served with or supported our Armed Forces, Vietnam Veteran

    Lapel Pins are specifically for uniformed U.S. veterans.

    Are there other types of lapel pins available for presentation?

    Yes; the Commemoration created a Certificate of Honor Program to recognize four

    distinct subcategories of Vietnam veterans and their families –

    1) Former, living American military POWs from the Vietnam War as listed by the

    Department of Defense;

    2) Immediate family members of American military personnel listed as missing

    and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War by the Department of Defense;

    3) Immediate family members of a veteran who is listed on the Vietnam Veterans

    Memorial in Washington, D.C.; and

    4) Surviving spouses (at the time of death) of veterans who served in the U.S.

    Armed Forces at any time during the period from November, 1955 to May