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VIETNAM STATISTICS
 
This list tells it all. These statistics could change many hearts. Pass this on.
 
We, the U.S. have lost over 158,000 American lives to the Vietnam war and that count is still rising.
 
Approx 58,000 in Vietnam. 100,000 or more to suicide and most of those occurred after the men came home.
 
This accurate accounting gives us persepective on the cost of current and future wars.
 
from
Fallen Leaves, Broken Lives
By Edward Tick
Utne magazine
January-February 2005 Issue
 
 
CASUALTIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR
 
THERE ARE MORE THAN 58,000 NAMES OF AMERICAN DEAD ON THE WALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., BUT THE TOTAL COSTS ARE STILL BEING TALLIED.
 
 
 
THE PEOPLE
  American Veterans Vietnamese People
In Country 2.5 million est. 1970 pop. 41 million
In Combat 1.5 million unknown
Killed in Action 58,000+ 2.5 million
Wounded 300,000+* 4 million
Missing in Action 2,000+ 250,000
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 1.5 million+ unknown
Suicides 100,000+ unknown
Homeless 150,000 nightly unknown
Boat People 0 1 million (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia)
Lost at Sea 0 500,000
Disabled Street People unknown 3 million
New Agent Orange Deformities unknown 35,000/year
Peacetime Deaths Due to Unexploded Bombs & Mines 0 50,000+ (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia)
Maimed by Bombs and Mines (1975-98) 0 67,000
Reeducation Camps 0 400,000 in 100 camps
* includes U.S: 74,000 quadriplegics and multiple amputees
     
 
THE VIETNAMESE LAND
Total Herbicides Used 19.4 million gallons
Agent Orange Sprayed 11.7 million gallons
Mangrove Forest Destroyed 60%
Forest & Jungle Destroyed 18%
Cultivated Land Destroyed 8%
     
 
U.S. BOMBING
8 billion+ pounds (4 times more than WWII total; equal to 600 Hiroshima-size bombs)
23 million bomb craters
2,257 U.S. aircraft lost
Over 4,000 of toal 5,778 villages bombed, 150 completely destroyed
     
 
DESTROYED
10 million cubic meters of dikes    
815 hydroelectric works    
1,100 lake embankments    
8 forestries    
48 agricultural research centers with 6,000 agricultural machines and 46,000 water buffalo
400 factories    
18 power stations    
13,000 boats    
15,100 bridges    
2,923 high schools and universities    
350 hospitals    
1,500 maternity hospitals    
484 churches    
465 pagodas    
240,540 thatched huts    
     
 
TOTAL COST TO THE UNITED STATES:
$925 Billion    
 
Edward Tick collected these statistics by searching history books, newspapers, and archives, and interviewing survivors and scholars throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. Following is a partial list of his sources. In the United States: Disabled American Veterans; The New York Times; Hell, Healing and Resistance by Daniel Hallock; The Vietnam War: A History in Documents, by Young, Fitzgerald & Grunfel; Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War. In Viet Nam: Army Museum, Ha Noi; Hong Ngoc (Rosy Jade) Humanity Center, Sao Do; Research Center for Gender, Family, and Environment in Development, Ha Noi; Women's Museum, Ha Noi; War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City.
 
EDWARD TICK (left) is director and senior psychotherapist of the Sanctuary: A Center for Mentoring the Soul in Albany, New York (www.mentorthesoul.com). He is known for his groundbreaking work with Viet Nam veterans -- as well as veterans of World War II, Korea, El Salvador, Lebanon, the first Gulf War, and the present war in Iraq -- suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The author of The Practice of Dream Healing (Quest, 2001), he has two books forthcoming this year: The Golden Tortoise: Viet Nam Journeys (Red Hen, April 2005) and War and the Soul (Quest, November 2005).
Tick recently presented his work at the Bioneers Conference, an annual gathering of those who seek "visionary & practical solutions for restoring the earth and people" in Marin, California. To read about the work of other Bioneers, go to www.utne.com/bioneers.