All those who served in D Troop during its deployment between 1966 and 1971 form a continuous thread in the history of this unique unit's involvement in the Vietnam conflict. We consider all these men brothers, and we encourage all D Troopers to contact us. Other sites featuring D Troop include Tom Wilson's (69-70) at http://d-1-10thcav-vietnam.com/; Another site with lots of pictures is http://www.vhpamuseum.org/defaultmenu.shtml. Select "Cav", "10th", and "D Troop".
The 4th Infantry Division served in both World Wars, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In World War II, the "Ivymen" went ashore on D-Day (June 6 1944) at Utah Beach and components were the first American forces to enter Paris. The division earned a reputation for dependability in Vietnam, serving in-country from 1966-1970. Much decorated in the war in Iraq, the Division is now headquartered at Fort Carson, CO. The 4th Infantry Division Association, http://www.4thinfantry.org/, welcomes all 4th Division veterans and has an active 1/10th Cavalry unit chapter..
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (“The Wall”) is the only privately maintained and managed memorial in Washington, DC. , and is now attempting to fund a visitors interpretive center on site. To find out more about this project and how you can help with this and other projects, visit http://www.vvmf.org.
Red Cross Clubmobile Recreation Workers, better known as "Donut Dollies", were women volunteers whose mission it was to bring a bit of home to troops Vietnam. Dollies served a one-year tour and frequently found themselves enduring many of the same hardships and dangers as the troops, especially in forward areas. Learn more at http://www.donutdolly.com/.
“The Original D Troop” encourages all Vietnam Veterans to get information about and, if necessary, assistance in obtaining, VA healthcare and benefits they have earned. Veterans and their families ought to monitor changes in guidelines and directives on both care and compensation. Here are some helpful links to information and assistance:
All who served in Vietnam are eligible for access to VA healthcare. For information on VA healthcare and how to apply: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/, by phone at 877-222-VETS, or visit your local VA health care facility.
Agent Orange, a defoliant used throughout the Vietnam theater, poses the most significant pathological threat to Vietnam Vets, with related conditions that include certain forms of cancer, heart disease, type II Diabetes, and others. The VA does not require proof of exposure, only proof of service in-country. For more information about agent orange related issues: http://www.vva.org/Guides/AgentOrangeGuide.pdf.
Application for VA compensation for service-related disabilities is a separate process from application for healthcare, though the two functions are interrelated, and the process of verification and acceptance can take considerable time and the quicker you get started, the better. For more information on compensation: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/