This item of information was found at James Tichacek's Veterans Information Bulletins http://post_119_gulfport_ms.tripod.com/rao1.html [Source: VA Fact sheet Feb 08 ++]
Vietnam Census Stats: Some interesting Census Stats and "Been There" Wanabees:
* 1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of AUG 95 census figures.
* In the AUG 95 census 9,492,958 Americans falsely claimed to have served in-country.
* As of the August, 2000 Census, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511. If this loss of 711,000 between '95 and '00 is accurate it equates to 390 deaths per day.
* During this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13,853,027. By this census, four out of five who claim to be Vietnam vets are not.
* The Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index officially provided by The War Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918 U.S. military personnel as having served in-country. Corrections and confirmations to this errored index resulted in the addition of 358 U.S. military personnel confirmed to have served in Vietnam but not originally listed by the Department of Defense. (All names are currently on file and accessible 24/7/365).
* Atrocities: Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations. From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers per the Nixon Presidential Papers.
[Source: NM e-Veterans News 9 Jan 06 - Research accredited to Capt. Marshal Hanson, U.S.N.R (Ret.)
and Statistical Source Capt. Scott Beaton]
Yeah, well I have photos taken of me while there, and I have the DD214s that prove I was there; and my name is on the Agent Orange register.
Forty years ago, I spent my "summer vacation" in South East Asia... yeah, been there, done that, left the t-shirt there...