Today marks Vietnam Veterans Day and military men and women who served in Vietnam are still the largest group
of vets in the U.S.
Even when counting both Gulf War periods together, like is done in some statistics, veterans of both Gulf Wars only surpassed the number of Vietnam vets currently living in the United States in 2016.
Today's memorial day is part of the war’s 50-year anniversary commemoration taking place between the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the war, which was held in 2005, and the 50th anniversary of its end in 2025.
The Department of Veteran Affairs has also projected the future development of veteran populations in the U.S. The smallest group to date, WWII veterans, are expected to lose its last members in 2045. By that time only around 200 veterans of the Korean War are expected to remain alive.