Posted on Feb 3, 2021
SPC Kyle Durocher
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So for all the vets here, how do y'all deal with someone trying to call you "Stolen Valor" in a polite way? Even if they are being aggressive about it? I've been out on a MEB for almost a year now and there's a store in my state with "Superhero Parking" for Vets, Active Duty, Law enforcement and firefighters, while I haven't parked there yet, I'm sure once I do someone will attempt to say something about it. I have my VA Card and my driver's license says Veteran on it and I have an entire album in my phone with pictures of my army times. Now what if this isn't enough to get them to back off? How can I politely tell them they're wrong and to drop the situation?
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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I remember what Dr Suess said. Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind
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SSgt James Carter
SSgt James Carter
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Lt Col Scott Arnott - I find the older I get, the less that pisses me off in this world. I must admit that I expected the opposite.
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COL Larry Crockett
COL Larry Crockett
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I use those parking spaces all the time. The only comments I have ever received were : "Thank you for your suffice".
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COL Larry Crockett
COL Larry Crockett
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"service" not "suffice" damn auto correct
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MSG William Wold
MSG William Wold
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I've still got a finger that works. Vietnam combat vet, 60% VA, US Army retirement card says Msgt. Like a dog piss, on em and walk off. Or if my wife is with me we use her disabled parking sticker, but then I have to be more, um, "friendly".
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I don't think it will happen. Yes, there are the rare viral videos, but it's just not the social norm.

I'm sure I'm not the only one dreaming at the chance to lock up a crusty retired CSM calling me out for parking in the Home Depot veteran parking and then pull out my CAC and demand me he show me his.

But that's not how the world outside of my head works ;-)

In the day to day world your veteran license plate frame is enough credentials.

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The most I was able to do in terms of call anyone out was at a local gun range. They give military a discount, and the guy was trying to BS his way to a discount with the clerk. He pulled out dog tags or something.

I interjected into the conversation between him and the clerk, and showing my CAC ID I said, "she want's to see this".

It was a little bit of awesome but not YouTube worthy.
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COL Larry Crockett
COL Larry Crockett
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"Service" not "suffice - damn auto correct.
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SGT Ron Salvato
SGT Ron Salvato
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1st Lt Padre Dave Poedel - CAC = Common Access Card. lol I had to look it up. I got out in Dec 96. I believe the CAC replaced our Military ID Card?
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The CAC replaced the old military ID. It also allows you to log onto and access a whole host of government websites that will invariably be down for maintenance at the moment you need them.
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CPL Shawn Lunsford
CPL Shawn Lunsford
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CPT (Join to see) - isn't that the truth I Rember when we couldn't go on leave till we had to start an AKO account now it doesn't exist anymore from what I'm told I'm retired myself and sometimes have to explant to ID 10 Tangos that a CAC is for active or GS positions and my blue Id card is for retired
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That's on them. You don't "owe" anyone validation. Other than a couple videos on facespace and twatter, I've never seen it happen in person. Personally, I'd pull my phone out and start videoing them. They're always brave when behind the lens. Flip the script on them.
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SPC Stiv ChenRobbins
SPC Stiv ChenRobbins
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SFC (Join to see) - good advice, thank you.
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SP5 Dean Moore
SP5 Dean Moore
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SFC (Join to see) - Did you register yours at the court house in the county that you live in. I did there is always a copy that can be had at any time.
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SFC Retired
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I did, but like you, when I first got out digital copies were t a thing. I scanned mine a few years back and put it in my files on my phone. Now, I have a copy with me at all times. For no other reason than it’s handy, SP5 Dean Moore
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SSG Gerald King - That's my point. Thank you.
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