Are Vietnam era National Guard considered veterans?

Yes, National Guard and Reserve Members who are called to active duty and who serve for the entire period for which they were called are considered as “veterans,” thus making them eligible for a host of VA benefits.

Did people join the National Guard to avoid Vietnam?

A Pentagon study conducted in 1966 found that 71 percent of the people who joined the reserve and guard did so to try to avoid the draft. At the end of 1968 the National Guard had a waiting list of 100,000.

Did any National Guard units served in Vietnam?

Company D (Long Range Patrol) 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard, was the only National Guard Infantry unit to serve in Vietnam. During the Vietnam War, 76 Army National Guard units were called up to active duty, it is estimated that 13,000 Army National Guard members were mobilized during this time.

Are you a veteran if you served in the National Guard?

Yes, National Guard members can, indeed, be considered U.S. Veterans as of 2016. The Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act was passed, giving retired Guardsmen and women the chance to earn Veteran status in the eyes of the law.

Did the National Guard fight in Vietnam?

Nonetheless, the Army and the Air Force deployed National Guard units and individual Guardsmen to Vietnam and around the world to support combat operations. By the end of the war, over 9,000 National Guardsmen served in-country, with over 100 of them making the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their nation.

Did Bob Dylan serve in Vietnam?

This article is from the archive of our partner . In the 60s Bob Dylan’s songs made him, whether intentionally or not, one of the faces of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Yet, even after the war ended, Dylan had not performed in Vietnam until today.

How many National Guard troops were killed in Vietnam?


Service Component Number of Records
National Guard 97
Regular 34,508
Reserve 5,762
Selected Service 17,671

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