Myth: The war was fought by victims of US society, and the lasting effects on survivors were much worse than for other wars

Fact: Caucasians and volunteers (66% volunteered) dominated the battlefield of Vietnam, and Vietnam vets are better adjusted than the average citizen their age

  • Casualty statitics show that troops died in rough proportion to their numbers in the service. Caucasians bore the brunt of the casualties (86%).
  • Surveys prove that Vietnam vets are well-adjusted, earn more on average than their peers and have achieved success in life in greater proportion than their peers.
  • 97% of Vietnam vets were honorably discharged. 91% state that they are glad they served.
  • As a group, Vietnam vets have a lower unemployment rate, higher education level, significantly higher income (by 18%) and lower incarceration rates than others in their age group.

Confirming Evidence

American Casualites By Race

DCAS Vietnam Conflict Extract File record counts by RACE OMB NAME (Race) (as of April 29, 2008 )

Vietnam War: Facts, Stats & Myths

Vietnam War Statistics

The Educational Attainment of Veterans: 2007