Posted on Jan 15, 2017
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Outside of those who get injured and medically separated, is there a minimum timeframe service members should service to be considered a Veteran? Completion of bootcamp? Completion of first tour? First enlistment? 180 days?

Are there situations that should disqualify someone as a Veteran? Dishonorable Discharge? Requesting to separate prior to the end of first enlistment or before earning an MOS or Rating?
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PFC Jeramy Dobkins
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I think this is probably the dumbest question out there that keeps resurfacing in our community. If you signed up completed training in any branch whether it be reserve/guard or active we are all on the same freaking team and all should be a damn veteran. Now that being said claim what you have earned dont be pulling some bull shit stolen valor and claiming your a purple heart recepient if your not. If your a cook in the naval reserve unit then dont be telling people your a SEAL. Simple you joined the military regardless of branch and made that commitment your a damn veteran when your discharged correctly. Simple as that. If we keep doing this shit in our communities than all we are doing is discouraging people from seeking the guard or reserve. OR worse beating down on someone who got back to their unit after training and came down with cancer and got booted on a medical. They still signed up and made rank they still deserve the respect. One team One fight. Rant over
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1SG Garry Murdock
1SG Garry Murdock
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SSG. All you should have to do, Is go to the nearest, NG recruiting station. Ask to get your copy of the form, you may have to produce your letter/s of enlistment and that should be enough to get it, as long as you are within the same state. If that does not work, let me know and I will make a few calls
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PO1 Vincent Lawrence
PO1 Vincent Lawrence
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MSgt Brian Williams - And has a minimum of either 90 days or 181 days depending on what era they served.
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PO1 Vincent Lawrence
PO1 Vincent Lawrence
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MSgt Brian Williams - Active duty are also considered veterans.
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SR Steven Farro
SR Steven Farro
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if you were in the service for one day prior to 1980 you are considered a vet. Many people like myself get severely injured during basic are we no less deserving of being a vet. people have died in basic are they excluded?
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SN Greg Wright
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We can argue about this all day long, but there is a legal definition:

"Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

http://va.org/what-is-a-veteran-the-legal-definition/
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SSgt David Marks
SSgt David Marks
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My daughter in law completed basic training and attended some kind of training. Not once but twice. She was given a general discharge both times. However because she didn't have a continuous 18 months on active duty , and not enough time in the reserves either, she has no veteran benefits and the VA told her according the their policies, the VA does not consider her a veteran.
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SrA A.A. Hall
SrA A.A. Hall
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My question is, Why was she given a General Discharge both times?
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Sgt Gary Antilla
Sgt Gary Antilla
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Cpl Christopher Bishop if you didn't finish basic training for any reason your sent home packing. You do not reserve the right to call yourself anything. Best to let it behind you and never mention it.
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SFC Military Police
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LTC, please provide a source for the 180 days to qualify for VA benefits. Compensation requires someone to be hurt on active duty status, no day requirement needed. Post 9-11 requires 90 days of active duty to qualify. Pension requires 2 years of full time service after 1980 or if prior to 1980, 90 days of active duty service with 1 day in a wartime period. Each VA Benefit has it's own eligibility requirements. Please provide a source for this 180 days that you claim is required.
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
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I really hate this question. I have a friend of mine who honorably served in the army reserves for six years; be never deployed, didn't earn a bunch of medals, but he did his job and got out. In comparison, I served on active duty for about seven years, deployed twice, earned myself a few shiney things, and was forced to retire. Not to mention I was combat arms and he was a pog, but that is another story. What I'm trying to get at is that he is always saying that he doesn't feel like he deserves the title of veteran and I have to repeatedly tell him to fuck off and get over the stupid shit. He served and did so honorably. As far as I am concerned that is the requirement. Out on a uniform and serve honorably. That's it. Or else you begin to split hairs. Who deserves to be a veteran? The PFC that deploys directly out of basic and is killed in combat a month later, his TIS is like 5 months. Or that E9 that did 25 years but never left CONUS, the TRADOC ninja or what have you. I don't like splitting us up any further than the military already does. If you put on a uniform and served honorably, whether you finished your contract, retired 20 plus, or were let go for medical reasons, you are a veteran.
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
SGT Joseph Gunderson
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SPC Tayler Macon - so, I went ahead and took a moment to peruse the comments that at this point are over a year old. I advise you get a life bud. If you have nothing better to do than return to a comment section and begin in with insults on a post from over a year ago that, frankly, shouldn't have existed in the first place as the subject of POGs was a periphery one, you need to seek professional help.
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
SGT Joseph Gunderson
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SPC Tayler Macon by the way, my little mentally deficient friend,
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SPC Tayler Macon
SPC Tayler Macon
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SGT Joseph Gunderson don’t get to upset over it. You are the guy that wears a grunt style t shirt everywhere and wants everyone to know what they have done in the military. Which judging from what you said. Hasn’t been much. Oh and before I forget. My reading isn’t great. But it’s good enough to read my paycheck which is easily double yours. Have a nice day!
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SGT Joseph Gunderson
SGT Joseph Gunderson
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SPC Tayler Macon - You really are a special kind of retard aren't you LOL.
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