18.03.28 Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29, 2018
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National Vietnam Veterans Day

Today marks 45 since the last American troops left Vietnam.

Est. 7M Vietnam-era veterans live in America today, as Veterans Affairs Dept. shake-up happens 24 hours before ceremony at Vietnam War Memorial.

Flip For Context

‘We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.’

President Lyndon Johnson, in aA speech at Akron University, October 21, 1964, 2 weeks before presidential election & 6 months before he sent American troops into combat.

Vietnam: By The Numbers

9 million Americans served active duty military during time of war

2.7 million troops served in Vietnam

58,000+ killed in action either through combat or accidents

300,000+ injured

*Despite draft, 70% of those who served volunteered*

Veterans Affairs Shake-Up

  • VA Secretary David Shulkin was expected at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony, but less than 24 hours before, WH announced he’d been replaced.
  • Shulkin was the last remaining member of Pres. Obama’s administration to serve in Pres. Trump’s cabinet.

Flip For Replacement

White House physician, Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, is expected replacement as VA Secretary. He gave President Trump his most recent physical and has served as the White House physician for three presidents.

by Jenna Lee,