A Vietnam veteran is someone who served in the armed forces of participating countries during the Vietnam War.
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and known in Vietnam as Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.
The armed forces of a country are its government-sponsored defense, fighting forces, and organizations.
A heart-rending visit for vets at Vietnam Memorial Wall by Stars and Stripes
The term has been used to describe veterans who were in the armed forces of South Vietnam, the United States armed forces, and countries allied to them, whether or not they were actually stationed in Vietnam during their service.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
South Vietnam, officially the Republic of Vietnam was a state governing the southern half of Vietnam from 1955 to 1975.
Vietnam Veterans never expected this.. by Dave A
However, the more common usage distinguishes between those who served "in country" and those who did not actually serve in Vietnam by referring to the "in country" veterans as "Vietnam veterans" and the others as "Vietnam-era veterans".
The U.S. government officially refers to all as "Vietnam-era veterans".
In the English-speaking world, the term "Vietnam veteran" is not usually used in relation to members of the communist People's Army of Vietnam or the National Liberation Front.
The People's Army of Vietnam, also known as the Vietnamese People's Army, is the military force of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.