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Posted - 06/04/2017 :  09:38:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Long story, in 1969 I failed a Navy physical (fairly recent back surgery), I then went to the Air Force and was accepted. After 4 weeks at Lackland AFB the surgery developed complications. They kept me in the base hospital for awhile but then, against my wishes, gave me an honorable discharge (rank Airman Basic)for medical reasons.

I have a DD214 but always wonder, would other guys who served their full tour of duty consider me a veteran? I never know whether to stand up when someone asks if there are any veterans in the audience.

I love this country and our flag but would never want to insult the guys who were able to complete their service. I'm not looking for any benefits , just wondering, since I didn't head for Canada and really did try to serve, if I have the right to consider myself a vet. Thanks,

Bob McCann

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Posted - 06/04/2017 :  3:25:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Non-legal definition of a veteran from me:

Anyone that raised their right hand, said "I do" and took one step forward. From that moment on. Some folks served different periods of time, different duties.

"Minds are like parachutes. Just because you've lost yours doesn't mean you can borrow mine."
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Posted - 06/23/2017 :  1:52:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the response, I would really appreciate input from a few more vets out there...

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Posted - 07/13/2017 :  07:24:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You took the oath to serve your country in the United States Military with every intention of doing so.

Afterwards, when a physical condition prevented 'continued' service, the military discharged you.

You are a Vet IMO.

Example: If one is arrested for drunk driving, it matters not if you drove 10 feet or 100 miles.

The government has no rights. Only the PEOPLE have rights that empower the government.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
Abraham Lincoln

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It is they way it is. The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference.

All comments posted here are my opinion as expressed via the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

United States Army ~ 1966-1968 USARSUPTHAI 1967-1968

Edited by - us55840 on 07/13/2017 07:27:31 AM
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Alan Rushing
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Posted - 07/26/2017 :  12:32:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Good Morning bmccann115!
I concur completely with the opinions/thoughts/feelings of the Gentlemen that have posted to your question.
Thank you for your service, as many state.
Have a great week. Take care. The best to you.
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