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United States military involvement in the Vietnam War officially began on August 5, 1964; however, the first U.S. casualty in Vietnam occurred on July 8, 1959. Approximately 2.7 million American men and women served in Vietnam. During the war, over 58,000 U.S. military members lost their lives and 153,000 were wounded. There were 766 prisoners of war of which 114 died in captivity. The war was officially ended by Presidential Proclamation on May 7, 1975.

Utah Veterans Benefits

Vietnam Veterans may be eligible for a variety of State benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. State benefits include: education and training, health care, employment, burial, nursing homes, claims assistance.

Federal VA Benefits for Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include: disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. See our Veterans page for an overview of the benefits available to all Veterans.

Information for Vietnam War Veterans

The following sections provide information tailored to the experiences of Vietnam War Veterans to help you better understand specific VA benefits for which you may qualify.

Disability Compensation for Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

VA presumes that some disabilities diagnosed in certain Veterans were caused by exposure to Agent Orange during military service. Learn more about VA health care benefits for Veterans exposed to Agent Orange on the Veterans Health Administration's Agent Orange page. Learn more about VA compensation benefits for Veterans exposed to Agent Orange on the Disability Compensation Agent Orange page

Children of Veterans with Exposure to Agent Orange

Children of Veterans exposed to Agent Orange who have a birth defect including spina bifida, a congenital birth defect of the spine, and certain other birth defects may be entitled to VA benefits. These include monetary benefits, health care, and vocational rehabilitation services. Learn more about VA compensation benefits for children of Veterans exposed to Agent Orange on the Disability Compensation Birth Defects page.

Benefits for Survivors of Veterans

The Veterans Benefits Administration offers a variety of benefits and services to spouses, children, and parents of Servicemembers and Veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability. Learn more on the Dependents & Survivors page.

Utah State Benefits for Vietnam Veterans

The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs is committed to easing your transition from the service into the civilian world. Please Click on these links for help in Utah State provided Education and Employment resources.

How to Apply

The specific VA benefit or program web page will provide tailored information about how to apply for a particular benefit or program. Generally, Servicemembers, Veterans, and families can apply for VA benefits using one of the methods below. For additional assistance please contact:
  • American Legion: 1-801-326-2380
  • Disabled American Veterans(DAV): 1-801-326-2375
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart: 1-801-326-2471
  • State of Utah Veterans & Military Affairs: 1-801-326-2372
  • VFW: 1-801-326-2385
OR **We also have the new Vietnam Veterans 50th anniversary commemoration book. Inside the book is also a copy of the documentary film “Long Journey Home”. If you are interested in receiving a copy please stop in and pick up a copy at 550 Foothill Drive, Suite 105 Salt Lake City, UT 84113. or email us for more information at: veterans@utah.gov

FAQ's

How do I get a copy of my DD214 (Relese from active duty service document)?

If your home of record upon your release from active duty service was within the State of Utah, then the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs may have a copy in our archive. You can send a request to 550 Foothill Drive, Suite 105 Salt Lake City, Utah 84113; call 800-894-9497 or 801-326-2372; or you can email veterans@utah.gov. To search the archive we will need your:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number
There is no cost for certified copies of your DD214. You will need to be present and present valid photo identification at 550 Foothill Drive, Suite 105, Salt Lake City, Utah 84113 to receive your certified copies.

How do I apply for the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Abatement?

To apply for Utah Disabled Veterans Property Tax Abatement, request a Summary of Benefits Letter from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Once received, submit the letter with a completed Property Tax Abatement application, on or before 01 SEP, to the applicable county treasurer, tax assessor, or clerk / recorder located in the county courthouse or county government building of the county in which the property is located. All property must be on record as of 01 JAN of the year you wish to file. However, a recent change allows qualified widows and orphans an exemption to that rule. Disabled Veterans only have to file for the abatement one time; after which it will automatically renew each year. However, Veterans will have to re -file if:

  • all or a portion of their abatement is used towards tangible personal property
  • their service connected disability percentage changes
  • the Veteran dies, sells the property, or no longer claims that property as the primary place of residence.
Ref: (Utah Code 59-2-1104 & 1105).

If I don't live in the Salt Lake area how do I meet with someone to help me file my Veterans Administration claim?

To find a Veteran Service Officer outside of the Salt Lake City Area you can access the Claim Assistance Calendar at https://veterans.utah.gov/outreach-calendar/ or you can call 800-894-9497 or 801-326-2372.

What is the status of my Veterans Administration claim?

There are several ways to check the status for VA disability claims. You can check online using an eBenefits account, or you can go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. The Salt Lake Regional Office located at 550 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City Utah. You can also call the VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000.

Is the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs part of the Veterans Administration?

The simple answer is no, Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs is not part of the Veterans Administration we are your Utah State representatives. UTAH DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AND MILITARY AFFAIRS (UDVMA) “We are the Department in the government of the State of Utah that assists former and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents in numerous capacities. This includes the preparing of claims for and securing compensation, hospitalization, education, vocational training, and other benefits or privileges which Veterans and our current armed forces may be qualified for under Federal or State Law, or regulation, by reason of their military service.” DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) The Department of Veterans Affairs was established as an independent agency under the President by Executive Order 5398 on July 21, 1930, and was elevated to Cabinet level on March 15, 1989 (PL No. 100-527). The Department’s mission is to serve America’s Veterans and their families with dignity and compassion, and to be their principal advocate in ensuring that they receive medical care, benefits, social support, and lasting memorials promoting the health, welfare, and dignity of all Veterans in recognition of their service to this Nation. VA is the second largest Federal department and has over 312,000 employees. Among the many professions represented in the vast VA workforce are physicians, nurses, counselors, statisticians, architects, computer specialists, and attorneys. As advocates for Veterans and their families, the VA community is committed to providing the very best services with an attitude of caring and courtesy. VA comprises a Central Office (VACO), which is located in Washington, DC, and field facilities throughout the Nation administered by its three major line organizations: the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). Services and benefits are provided through a nationwide network of 151 medical centers, 820 community-based outpatient clinics, 300 Vet Centers, 56 regional offices, and 131 national and 90 State or tribal cemeteries.

What is Housebound Aid and Attendance?

Veterans who are nursing home patients, otherwise determined by Veterans Administration to need regular Aid and Attendance of another person, or who are permanently housebound may be qualified for higher income limitations or additional VA benefits, depending upon the type of VA Pension. Additional information and assistance in applying to the Aid and Attendance benefit may be obtained by calling 800-827-1000. Applications may be submitted online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp. Information is also available on the internet at www.va.gov or you can work with an accredited service representative:

  • Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (801) 326-2372
  • American Legion (801) 326-2380
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) (801) 326-2375
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (801) 326-2385
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart (801) 326-2471

Can I be buried in the Utah State Veterans Cemetery?

The Utah State Veterans Cemetery follows the eligibility requirements of the VA National Cemetery System. Any U.S. Armed Forces active personnel who die while performing duty or after having served during wartime are eligible for burial. Reservist and National Guard retired personnel with 20 years of service are also eligible, as are surviving spouses and dependent children (under rules established by the State of Utah; Utah Code 71-7-3) Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park 17111 South Camp Williams Road Bluffdale, Utah 84065 Phone: (801) 254-9036.

Can I, as a dependent, continue to receive my Veterans compensation benefit after they are deceased?

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payments are available for un-remarried surviving spouses, surviving spouses who remarry after age 57, children under age 18, and children ages 18 to 23 (if attending a VA approved schools). Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease. DIC payments may also be authorized for surviving dependents of Veterans with a permanent and total service-connected disability at time of death but whose death did not result from service-connected disability, if the Veteran was continuously rated totally disabled for 10 or more years immediately before death.

Can I use the Utah State Veterans Nursing Homes?

Quality nursing and health care services are provided for Utah Veterans with U.S. military service during peacetime or wartime. While wartime service is not a requirement for admission to the homes, wartime Veterans with one day or more of wartime service, as recognized by state and federal laws, receive priority. A Veteran’s spouse or surviving spouse may also qualify for admission to the Utah State Veterans Homes, providing the marriage to the Veteran occurred at least one year before the application. There are currently four (4) Veterans homes located in Utah for eligible Veterans, spouses, and Gold Star parents. These Veterans homes focus on improving the quality of life of the residents by providing skilled nursing care and many activities designed to enrich the lives of the residents. The current locations are:

  • William E. Christoffersen Salt Lake Veterans Home 700 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84113-1104 Phone: (801) 584-1900 (81 beds)
  • George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home 1102 North 1200 West Ogden, UT 84404 Phone: (801) 334-4300 (120 beds)
  • Central Utah Veterans Home — Payson 1551 North Main Street Payson, UT 84651 Phone: (801) 465-5400 (108 beds)
  • Southern Utah Veterans Home — Ivins 160 North 200 East Ivins, UT 84738 Phone: (435) 634-5220 (108 beds)

Can I be buried in the Utah State Veterans Cemetery?

The Utah State Veterans Cemetery follows the eligibility requirements of the VA National Cemetery System. Any U.S. Armed Forces active personnel who die while performing duty or after having served during wartime are eligible for burial. Reservist and National Guard retired personnel with 20 years of service are also eligible, as are surviving spouses and dependent children (under rules established by the State of Utah; Utah Code 71-7-3) Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park 17111 South Camp Williams Road Bluffdale, Utah 84065 Phone: (801) 254-9036.

How do I apply for burial benefits?

To file for Death and Burial Benefits:

  • Complete and mail your VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance to your nearest VA regional office
  • Visit a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you, the Veterans Administration Salt Lake Regional Office 550 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City Utah 84113.
  • Call the VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
  • Work with an accredited service representative. Your accredited service representatives are the:

  • Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (801)-326-2372
  • American Legion (801) 326-2380
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) (801) 326-2375
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (801) 326-2385
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart (801) 326-2471

How can I receive full military retirement and VA disability compensation?

Concurrent Receipt or Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay(CRDP) is a benefit managed through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) that allows qualified military retirees to receive full military retirement and VA disability compensation. This law phases out the VA disability offset, thus military retirees with 20 or more years of service and a 50% (or higher) VA rated disability will no longer have their military retirement reduced by the amount of their VA disability compensation. This program is run by the Department of Defense; it is not a VA program. If you are qualified for concurrent receipt, you should have automatically received and increase in your military retirement. Under these rules, you may be qualified for CRDP if…

  • You are a regular retiree with a VA disability rating of 50% or greater.
  • You are a reserve retiree with 20 qualifying years of service, who has a VA disability rating of 50% or greater and who has reached the age of retirement. (In most cases the retirement age for reservists is 60, but certain reserve retirees may be eligible before they turn 60. If you are a member of the Ready Reserve, your retirement age can be reduced below age 60 by three months for each 90 days of active service you have performed during a fiscal year.)
  • You are retired under Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) and have a VA disability rating of 50% or greater.
  • You are a disability retiree who earned entitlement to retired pay under any provision of law other than solely by disability, and you have a VA disability rating of 50% or greater.
  • For more information please contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) at 800-321-1080.

My service related injury keeps me from working. How can the VA help?

Individual Unemployability is a part of VA’s disability compensation program that allows the VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though VA has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the total level. Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a Veteran
  • You must have at least one service connected disability rated at least at 60%,OR Two or more service connected disabilities at least one disability ratable at 40 percent or more with a combined rating of 70% or more.
  • You must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities (marginal employment, such as odd jobs, is not considered substantial gainful employment for VA purposes).
Evidence Requirements:
  • Evidence of at least one service connected disability AND
  • That the service-connected disability or disabilities are sufficient, without regard to other factors, to prevent performing the mental and/or physical tasks required to get or keep substantially gainful employment AND
  • That one disability is ratable at 60% or more, OR
  • If more than one disability exists, one disability is ratable at 40% or more with a combined rating of 70% or more.
You can apply:

Online using an eBenefits account

  • Complete and mail your claim form to your nearest VA regional office
  • Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. To find the VA regional office nearest you, use the Veterans Affairs National Facilities Locator or call VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000,

Work with an accredited service representative:

  • Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (801) 326-2372
  • American Legion (801) 326-2380
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) (801) 326-2375
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) (801) 326-2385
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart (801) 326-2471

Who can help with my PTSD?

If you are a Veteran in crisis call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. There is the walk-in PTSD Clinic every Tuesday 11:00 A.M. the George E Wahlen VA Medical Center Building 16, 500 Foothill Drive Salt Lake City, Utah.

How do I create my eBenefits account?

You can register for an eBenefits account online using the eBenefits DS Logon Account Registration Wizard. You will be walked through a series of questions to assist you in obtaining a Premium eBenefits Account, which gives you the highest level of access to eBenefits features. To get a Premium eBenefits Account, you must verify your identity. Many people will be able to verify their identity online by answering a few security questions. Service members may verify their identity online by using their Common Access Card (CAC). Military retirees may verify their identity online using their Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Logon. For those unable to verify their identity online, you will instantly receive a Basic Account. However, Veterans in receipt of VA benefits via direct deposit may have their identity verified by calling 1-800-827-1000 and selecting option 7. My HealtheVet users with a DS Logon may use their secure identity to access eBenefits. Others may need to visit a VA Regional Office or TRICARE Service Center to have their identities verified in person.

The Veterans Administrations 800 Number is difficult to get through. How do I contact someone with the Veterans Administration?

The published number for the Veterans Administration is 1-800-827-1000. Contacting this number can be frustrating with long hold times, extensive phone tree options, and worst of all being disconnected after waiting. For Utah, Veterans calling between 05:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. increases the opportunity to speak to a live person. Another option is to call after 07:00 p.m. and schedule a telephone appointment with the VA. The times scheduled are based on East Coast time (09:00 a.m. Utah time is 11:00 a.m. East Coast time).

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