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My relative served in the Air Force from 1964-1968. His DD214 shows that he was awarded RVCM and VSM w/1 BSS. Because these are both medals for service in Viet Nam, does it mean that his widow should qualify for benefits for VIet Nam veterans?

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Local veterans office and clinic. They are claiming proof of being on Viet Namese soil is required.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Military Law
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Sorry, what benefits or are you referring to specifically? What benefits is she trying to obtain? And has she applied for them, and if so what was the response from the Veterans Administration?
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
She is requesting a pension benefit and health insurance as a widow. The Veterans are submitting the application, but are requesting proof of setting foot in Viet Nam. He did not keep in touch with fellow servicemen.
Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 11 months ago

Odd...there is NO widow benefit that requires a veteran step foot in Vietnam.

Was he on active duty the entire time?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
It is the agent orange benefit.
Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 11 months ago

Umm...someone is giving you wrong information...

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Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 11 months ago

I see you requested a phone call...but payment failed. If you contact customer service they can correct this and I would be happy to speak to you about this matter...again I think you are receiving incorrect information

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Okay. Because this is my sister, I may not have all the information for you. My question then goes back to the original. Shouldn't those medals be proof that he was there? That's the only answer I need for now.
Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 11 months ago

Well...the Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) was awarded to all members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Vietnam and its contiguous waters or airspace thereover, after 3 July 1965 through 28 March 1973. Members of the United States Armed Forces in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, or airspace thereover, during the same period and serving in direct support of operations in Vietnam are also eligible for the award. So, it is possible to get the VSM and not step foot on the land.

And for the RVCM Since March 1966, the medal may also be awarded to any service member who, while serving outside the geographical limits of the Republic of Vietnam, contributed direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces for six months.

So neither of these will prove he set foot in country.

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I have already received a fraud alert on my credit card. I did not expect that the $59 was over and above the $5 and $35 that had already been charged to me. This is misleading. I do not object to the information that you furnished me, but the methods used to bring customers in. Maybe you have no control over that.
Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 11 months ago

I am a user of the site...just like you. I have NO control over billing. I would appreciate if you would rate the answer, as that is the only way I receive credit.

thank you

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