NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced March 29, 2015 as Vietnam Veterans Day to recognize the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War.
On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam. Between 1961 and 1975, more than 49,000 Tennesseans served in Southeast Asia. Approximately 6,000 Tennessee troops were wounded in the Vietnam War and 1,295 Tennessee service members were killed. There are currently 27 Tennesseans missing in action (MIA) in connection with the Vietnam War.
In 2008, Tennessee became the first state to proclaim a Vietnam Veterans Day.