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🛃 Why Are American Veterans Retiring In Southeast Asia | Living In Southeast Asia | Expats

15 May 2023

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Why Are American Veterans retiring In South East Asia?
It may be a case of unbelievable irony, but a number of US citizens and especially veterans have decided to move away from what they believed was, the ‘American dream’ as they settle down in foreign places, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, where many of them were once loathed as invaders.
In this video, we discuss why American veterans are shunning their country and retiring in Southeast Asia.
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Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, for many Americans are countries that invoke powerful memories and images of unspeakable violence, and perhaps the last places on earth you would think they would want to retire too.
Yet, not only are more US veterans and retirees visiting Southeast Asia, an increasing number have decided to call it home.
The reason?
Many point to affordable healthcare, easy to acquire visas, cheap rent and a rising standard of living.
Aging American baby boomers are living a lifestyle reminiscent of a beach lifestyle in Florida, but instead they are in Vietnam.
Monthly expenses rarely exceed $2,000, even though they are living in a large Condo, which may even include a cook and a cleaner.
This just might be the mother of all ironies though!
Retired US soldiers and average American retirees would rather take their chances living abroad amongst their former enemies, rather than try to make ends meet on their pensions back home in the US.
That doesn’t say much about the living conditions of a capitalist American system.
In case you are un-aware, Vietnam is a socialist country, which is not deemed as a popular system in the US amongst its citizens.
Yet the former veterans are not worried about the system of government, only the fact that they can live a decent, peaceful life.
Although the Vietnamese government won’t reveal the exact number of American veterans and retirees now living permanently in the country, it is no secret the country has relaxed its visa requirements for many foreign citizens, including Americans.
Cambodia, another nation that suffered immensely during years of war, is also proving to be very accommodating to foreigners that want a peaceful retirement.
Bill, a former veteran who has been living in Ho Chi Min City with his Vietnamese wife, stated that since relocating to Vietnam, he has noticed a “definite” increase in the number of foreigners, especially Americans, and all of them seem to have different stories to tell.
“Many of them served in Vietnam and just wanted to reconnect to a place that had such an emotional impact on their lives.
Others are retirees who just wanted some adventure and decided to travel to Southeast Asia. But never in their wildest dreams, would they think they would end up staying.
Not only are the Vietnamese and Cambodians extremely friendly and accommodating, but food, rent and public services like healthcare are extremely affordable.
Plus, you are never far away from exotic locations like Thailand, The Philippines and the countries of Asia.
For some US veterans and retirees, those factors are proving irresistible as they come to the grim conclusion, that their monthly pensions and Social Security benefits, barely cover the necessities in the states.
Suicide rates among veterans have increased four of the last five years according to statistics.

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