The ‘Forgotten’ War: 70th Anniversary of the Korean War
This tactic caught the United States forces off guard, and allowed North Korea to strategically advance their position.
North Korea’s troops vastly outnumbered South Korea by over 20,000 and with aid provided by Soviet military planners, it proved to be too much for South Korea to handle, as, on June 28th, Seoul had fallen.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, and as many Veterans from this war get older – and, various others have long passed away, it’s important we take time to remember their legacy and the importance of what took place and was accomplished.
Air Force Veteran Paul Cunningham, the President of the National Korean War Veterans Association, said in a statement that ‘about 400,000 U.S. survivors of the Korean War remain today’ – and although the Korean War did not garner the same amount of attention that World War II or the Vietnam War did, Cunningham said it should still be remembered as a victory.
Recent Interactions with South Korea
Many say that the economic power and modern democracy exhibited by present-day South Korea is plain evidence that the war itself was very much worth it.
A multitude of Veterans from the Korean War say that they feel ‘honored’ by how South Korea has worked to continuously express its gratitude towards the hundreds of thousands who served.
Most notably as of late, the Republic of Korea donated half-a-million protective masks to be distributed to United States Veterans to aid in the fight to protect themselves from COVID-19.
I Served in the Korean War, What Health-Related Risks Should I Be Looking For?
The most noteworthy side-effect stemming from these wars is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), however, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has stated that they recognize many different factors as being a direct result of time spent serving in the Korean War.
Those exposures include the following:
- Noise: Hearing loss is a direct result of loud explosions, and can also play a major role in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Occupational Hazards: Troops were exposed to industrial chemicals, which were known to cause health problems, manual labor is also a factor in any of the many repetitive stress injuries soldiers face.
Korean War veterans also may suffer from:
- Cold Injuries: The Chosin Reservoir campaign exposed troops to freezing temperatures during the Korean winter. At one point in time, a temperature reading of 50 degrees below zero was recorded, with an additional wind chill factor of minus 100.
- Conditions such as frostbite, neurological conditions, vascular injuries & Raynaud’s Phenomenon.
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