Posted on Jan 5, 2020
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Are you considered a veteran once you return home from an overseas deployment for nine months with the national gaurd?
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"As long as you were deployed on active duty for at least 180 days and you didn't get a dishonorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge coming off those orders, then you could be considered a veteran," said Army Sgt. Maj. Matthew Krenz, a legislative liaison at the National Guard Bureau who provided background information to Congressional members working on the bill.
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PFC Jeramy Dobkins
PFC Jeramy Dobkins
10 mo
Unfortunately that isn’t true nor even remotely correct per UCMJ.
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LTC Lee Bouchard
LTC Lee Bouchard
9 mo
PFC Jeramy Dobkins - See all the responses below and follow through by the numbers.
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MAJ Javier Rivera
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180 is the magic number. In addition, make sure your medical record is up to date and report everything and anything to your medical officer. No exceptions before your discharge, or shortly after.
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10 mo
And to piggy-back on the Major... GET A COPY OF YOUR MED RECORDS for this deployment!!! Active units are crap about losing paperwork - Guard and Reserve units are worse. Get those copies and put them somewhere SAFE... and you'd do good to make several copies and put them in different places (Like a safe deposit box, send some to Grandma to put in her attic, and even an old friend that won't trash them).

Be paranoid about them!
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LTC Lee Bouchard
LTC Lee Bouchard
9 mo
All of the above from everyone is true. You are a veteran with the same entitlements as an Reg. Army solider. The Guard may have an exception or two on some minor point based on Guard policy. However, I cannot think of anything that would make you exempt from any benefits. I would check with a Vet. representative for more questions and ans. ie. The VFW and others.

Medical Records. This is where too many people make a major mistake!! Starting now, sit down and begin writing down every visit you have ever had to a medical facility from Basic TNG. until now. Also any future visits, Milt, V.A. or civilian for medical reasons of any kind.

You need, date, time, place and name of the medical person who treated you if possible.
You may or may not be able to get copies of your records so recall and record what you can for now. Also, if you were injured for any reason see if you can recall a witness to the injury. If you are injured in the future for any reason be sure and have a witness by name as part of your record if possible.

You can usually get copies from the V.A. and civilian medical facility's without too much problem. From military sources, not so much. YOU will have to keep your own records, notes, as you go. You can save much of the info on your smart phone. But back up everything on paper to be safe.

Good luck young man and have a great life.
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SFC Richard Williamson
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ABSOLUTELY!!!!! You served so YES! Even if you hadn't served overseas, you are still a member of the greatest of all organizations/fellowships and it's called the Military Veterans.
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CPL Anthony Morgan
CPL Anthony Morgan
10 mo
You were considered a prior service member until you’ve deployed to an active combat zone for at least 180 days and our discharge with an honorable discharge other than that it’s a no go
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SFC Richard Williamson
SFC Richard Williamson
6 mo
I must be way out of touch at the moment, because I do not understand you comment, CPL Morgan. You don't have to be deployed to a "combat zone" to be considered a veteran.
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