Vietnam Era or Vietnam Veteran?


I was in the United States Marine Corps on active duty from 1961-1965 and in the USMC Reserves from 1978 to my retirement in 1995. I was in Vietnam in 1963 with SEATO for 3 months as a 3311 Baker. This information is not in my record book. Am I considered a Vietnam Veteran or am I considered a Vietnam Era Veteran. Thank You.


Jim's Reply:

For VA purposes, in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 38 Paragraph 3.2 (f), the Vietnam Era is "The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases."[]