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The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between 4 July 1965, and 28 March 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspace. Or, for any period of service during the same time period in Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia or the air spaces thereover and in direct support of operations in Vietnam. The medal is presented to any service member who served on temporary duty for more than thirty consecutive days, or 60 non-consecutive days, attached to or regularly serving for one, or more, days with an organization participating in or directly supporting ground (military) operations or attached to or regularly serving for one, or more, days with an organization participating in or direct support of military operations.
Simultaneous awards of both the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, for the same period of service in Vietnam are not permitted, however the AFEM may be exchanged for the VSM upon request from a service member.

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