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Vietnam Veterans

Please provide assistance with the following questions:

1. Identify vulnerable population of Vietnam veterans
2. Describe demographics of Vietnam Veterans on national level
3. Effect of Vietnam veterans on healthcare.

Any help will be much appropriated. Thank you.

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1. Identify vulnerable population of Vietnam veterans

Most literature refers to Vietnam veterans as vulnerable who have a traumatic brain injury. After Vietnam, a vet being "shell-shocked" was the common diagnosis, with today's Iraq and Afghanistan wars; it is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Soldiers have a high risk of sustaining a TBI while defending it. (Source: http://www.braininjurylawblog.com/brain-injury-news-our-mostvulnerable-veterans-need-support.html).

For example, one survey study (1988) found the Vietnam veterans were more likely to suffer from psychological problems, hearing loss and a kind of hepatitis common in Southeast Asia when compared to other soldiers serving elsewhere. The new study is consistent with earlier studies that found more emotional problems and higher rates of suicide and accidental deaths among veterans who served in Vietnam. Vietnam veterans were more likely to experience psychological problems and indulge in substance abuse. About 14 percent of the Vietnam veterans abused alcohol, the study said, as against 9 percent of the other group. Drug use was about the same between the groups, (four-tenths of 1 percent for those who served in Vietnam and one-half of 1 percent for the others) but the study said data suggested that more Vietnam veterans suffered drug-related deaths. Five percent of the Vietnam soldiers exhibited anxiety in tests, as against 3 percent of the other group, and for depression, the difference was 5 percent to 2 percent. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/05/13/us/vietnam-veterans-health-no-worse-than-others.html?n=Top/News/Science/Topics/Research)

2. Describe demographics of Vietnam Veterans on national level

GENERAL STATISTICS

* Vietnam Vets: 9.7% of their generation.
* 9.087.000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam era (Aug. 5, 1964-May 7, 1975).
* 8.744.000 Gls were on active duty during the war (Aug. 5,1964-March 28, 1973).
* 3,403,100 (including 514,300 offshore) personnel served ...

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