Just as in the U.S., most people living in Vietnam today were born after 1975. That year marked the end of the devastating two-decade war that ravaged that land and its population. But the people and government of today's modernized nation of Vietnam maintain a strong commitment across generations to caring for the war's survivors.
According to Pham Minh Huan, Vice Minister of Vietnam's Ministry of Labor - Invalids (Disabled) and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the country spends 25 percent of its national budget providing pensions and social services to the nine million people who are veterans or are the children, wives, husbands and parents of those killed or injured in combat during the country's long war for national liberation. The nine million comprises nearly ten percent of the country's 95 million population.