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If you were in the service, do you consider yourself a "Vet"?

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    Don't forget your wife. Get her her own military ID. I got mine at MacDill AFB. That way she won't have take you shopping with her.

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    Never think about till someone reminds me and this post has just done that. I served in the British army from 1944 till 1952. I was a Churchill tank driver/mechanic and saw service in Italy, Egypt Austria and after the war in Malaya. The word 'Vet' is vary rarely mentioned here. We are normally just called Ex Servicemen.

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    As an afterthought I would like to say May God Bless all you American Vets. Without your help during WW2 we would now be under the Nazi heel.

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    As a 4 year non-combat vet (USAFSS) during Vietnam (63-67) I never gave it much thought, we did top secret spying on troop & material movements during the conflict. I moved onto Germany dealing with the cold war playing cat & mouse with the communist block countries & their military movements. We were not allowed to go within 5 kilometers of the border, told to lie about our assignments, (I said I was an air policeman guarding the gates if questioned). There was a bounty for our capture so we were vulnerable. We had top secret crypto clearances & told not to discuss it with anybody. We were restricted for 1 year after discharge about talking about it. By then the designations & information would change & things we remembered would be too old to help with the enemy.

    My adult daughter volunteered at the VFW last year, coming home one day she asked me, 'How come the other services i.e. Marines, Navy & Army don't think much of the Air Force?' I explained that in their perception they were the ones who carried the weapons, fought the enemy & we would sit back & get the same amount of glory. She went back & said there was an argument started again about the Air Force, she chimed in with what information I had given her. At that time one old Marine vet spoke up saying he wanted to thank me for doing my job, it had saved their platoon many times with the knowledge we had. He had nothing but respect for us. I still don't consider myself a combat vet but I spent 4 years serving my country along with working with Marines, Navy & Army personal at JSPC.

    Funny thing was I qualified 'expert' on the rifle range every year & told if I had been in anything other than the USAFSS I would be on the front lines or in sniper service.

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    If you were in then you are a vet. There is no such thing as a combat-vet-only military anywhere in the world. If you were ordered to guard a liter of puppies then you followed that order like all other orders like any soldier anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmdog44 View Post
    If you were in then you are a vet. There is no such thing as a combat-vet-only military anywhere in the world. If you were ordered to guard a liter of puppies then you followed that order like all other orders like any soldier anywhere.
    Good thoughts, but most of the old soldiers sitting at the VFW have varying thoughts on the subject. That's one of the many reasons I don't belong. I also don't drink, do well in social setting or worry about making or needing friends (am happiest in my solitude).

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    Roadwarrior I am much like you that I served and didn't run to Canada and got an honorable discharge but I Don't feel I'm near the same as those who fought and died or gave body parts for our country. I was drafted for the Korean war and lucky for me and all others it was over while I was in basic training.

    Also like you I'm happiest in my solitude since wife died.

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    It was impossible for me to believe that we were right being in Viet Nam. I knew what the South was and I never believed the Domino Theory for one second. Also, I never believed in ramming democracy down the throats of small nations or any nations. I hated LBJ back then for what I viewed as his superficial concern for our troops as I believed he was not going to ruin his image as being a loser in that war. Being raised with all races in my school the civil rights movement also impacted me in terms of being anti-government which a I still an today. Killing a man is not easy so all militaries make sure they tell young people only that it is justified. I am no peacenik as we used to call them but you better be able to look me in the eyes when you order me to kill for God and country.

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    I enlisted. I signed up for whatever befell me. I swore an oath to go, be killed or kill in the name of my country, I never had to face the enemy in combat but would have certainly. Am I a vet, damn right! Now ask "bone spurs" if he is.....
    We are either growing or dying.

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