The Chronicle -

By Mitch Sparks
Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director 

Though wounds still linger, Vietnam veterans have earned our nation's honor and gratitude


March 29, 2018

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Forty-five years ago today [March 29], combat and combat support units withdrew from South Vietnam. This marked the beginning of the end of nearly two decades of direct U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia, but the social, cultural and psychological wounds of the Vietnam War still linger for those Americans who lived through it, and especially for the veterans who served during this turbulent time in our nation's history.

There are over 120,000 Vietnam-era veterans living in Oregon today, representing more than a third of our total veteran population. They represent the largest singl...

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