Vietnam – Suicide & Combat Rate


The average age of the Vietnam Soldier was 19 years.

More US Veterans have died following the Vietnam war from the post-traumatic stress disorder leading to suicide than those who died in combat.

THERE ARE MORE THAN 58,000 NAMES OF AMERICAN DEAD ON THE MEMORIAL WALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., THE TOTAL COSTS IN LIFE IS STILL BEING COUNTED.

THE PEOPLE    
  American Veterans Vietnamese People
In Country 2.5 million est. 1970 pop. 41 million
In Combat 1.5 million unknown
Killed in Action 58,000+ 2.5 million
Wounded 300,000+* 4 million
Missing in Action 2,000+ 250,000
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 1.5 million+ unknown
Suicides 100,000+ unknown
Homeless 150,000 nightly unknown
Boat People 0 1 million (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia)
Lost at Sea 0 500,000
Disabled Street People unknown 3 million
New Agent Orange Deformities unknown 35,000/year
Peacetime Deaths Due to Unexploded Bombs & Mines 0 50,000+ (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia)
Maimed by Bombs and Mines (1975-98) 0 67,000
Re-education Camps 0 400,000 in 100 camps
* includes U.S: 74,000 quadriplegics and multiple amputees    
THE VIETNAMESE LAND    
Total Herbicides Used   19.4 million gallons
Agent Orange Sprayed   11.7 million gallons
Mangrove Forest Destroyed   60%
Forest & Jungle Destroyed   18%
Cultivated Land Destroyed   8%
U.S. BOMBING    
8 billion+ pounds (4 times more than WWII total; equal to 600 Hiroshima-size bombs)    
23 million bomb craters    
2,257 U.S. aircraft lost    
Over 4,000 of total 5,778 villages bombed, 150 completely destroyed    
     
DESTROYED    
10 million cubic meters of dikes    
815 hydroelectric works    
1,100 lake embankments    
8 forestry    
48 agricultural research centres with 6,000 agricultural machines and 46,000 water buffalo    
400 factories    
18 power stations    
13,000 boats    
15,100 bridges    
2,923 high schools and universities    
350 hospitals    
1,500 maternity hospitals    
484 churches    
465 pagodas    
240,540 thatched huts    
     
TOTAL COST TO THE UNITED STATES:    
$925 Billion    

CASUALTIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR

By Edward Tick, Utne magazine

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