National Vietnam Veterans Day

March 28, 2023

Today we CELEBRATE our Veterans who served in the Vietnam War. Wednesday, March 29th is the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. In 1973 our last US combat troops departed Vietnam. This was also the day that Hanoi released the last prisoners of war. Positive results of the conflict were the ending of the Cold War draft, and the American military engagement was changed to determine how conflicts would be fought and who would be involved. It was also the first televised war in the United States.

Vietnam proved to be a war that was one of the most difficult overseas and stateside. The conflict presented as being difficult in combat and chemical warfare. It was at times a vague war due to an often unseen, guerilla army. The number of veterans losing lives totaled 58,000 excluding 153,372 missing in action. However, through the bravery and skills of our American veterans, 97.4% of casualties survived in our military hospitals due to the heroic feats of helicopter ambulances who courageously retrieved soldiers from the battlefields!


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The strength and courage that our veterans displayed in the most ruthless tactics of war is to be commended. We owe an immense amount of gratitude to our veterans. Our American troops returned home to a nation divided. This due to dissention in the American people to whether the US should have been involved. The ill-treatment in many areas of the country severely impacted our soldiers. Many of our veterans were not commended by US citizens as they expected and deserved. They fulfilled their duty and served our nation’s call to battle. Many of our soldiers have suffered the debilitation of this war physically, mentally, and emotionally. Please offer your sincerest gratitude of thanks to all Vietnam veterans you encounter today and always.

Unity is also a proud partner in the We Honor Veterans program, a collaboration of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help improve the care veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers. For more information about Unity and its veteran-centered care services, visit the Veteran Care page or call (920) 338-1111 to schedule a free informational visit in your home.

This blog post was shared by Karen K., Chaplain at Unity Hospice.

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