USDA: Recognizing Vietnam Veterans

Today, March 29, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. This observance began in 2017, after the President signed into law The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. This date was chosen because March 29, 1973 was the day Military Assistance Command Vietnam was deactivated.

National Vietnam War Veterans Day joins six other military-centric national observances codified in Title 4 of the United States Code §6. These include Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, Navy Day, and Veterans Day.

We formally recognize our Vietnam Veterans in partnership with the United States Vietnam War Commemoration. Established by the Presidential Proclamation of 2012, this effort recognizes the 9 million Americans, approximately 6.4 million living today, who served on active duty from November 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975, regardless of location.

If you are an employee of USDA, served on active duty during November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, and have not yet received your Vietnam Commemoration Pin, please contact me at for further information.

Please join me in marking the occasion as we salute our fellow USDA employees who served during the Vietnam Era.


Thank you,


Bill Ashton

USDA Military Veteran Agricultural Liaison