The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, signed into law in 2017, designates March 29 of each year as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. On this day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. March 29 is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)estimates that today there are more than six million U.S. Vietnam Veterans living in America and abroad, along with nine million families of those who served during this timeframe.

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