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MSG Special Forces Senior Sergeant
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Getting out after 5 months because you sprained your ankle and got depressed doesn't make you a veteran. Further, it's a slap in the face to people who have done amazing things to earn that title. So no, your coworker is not a Veteran. She's a quitter.
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PO2 David Dunlap
PO2 David Dunlap
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SSgt David Izquierdo - also a membership in the D.A.V.?
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SSG Edward Rhyan
SSG Edward Rhyan
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I know a person that got out because they saw someone get hit and killed by lightning in Basic. 14 total got hit. Suppose they are a quitter MSG? I'd say you were an old-timer who doesn't know better but people make rank fast these days especially in your field.
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PO3 Paul Barger
PO3 Paul Barger
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This has always been a touchy subject. I do not agree with you saying she is a quitter thats alittle harsh. If she got hurt and could not continue thats not really her fault. What if you are in for 1 year, in school still and hurt your ankle and get discharged? Are you a quitter? Some try their hardest and still do not reach their goal. I am one that believes if you raised your hand and took the oath then you are a vet. That almost follows the combat vet/ non combat vet and a cook or supply clerk that never left the rear but was there serving near the front lines. Touchy subject all of it, we need to support vets no matter what their status we are all one brotherhood. As they say when serving we are on duty 24 hrs a day always serving.... As PO Dunlap said above maybe even the DAV, she got hurt in the service.
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SSgt David Izquierdo
SSgt David Izquierdo
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PO2 David Dunlap - not sure on that.
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PO1 Phillip Weekley
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I served five years in recruiting and I remember in our recruiting manual stating that you must have completed 180 days of consecutive service to be considered a veteran.
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PO3 Robert Buckels
PO3 Robert Buckels
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180 consecutive days is the rule for the VA to grant a veteran services. I've heard of no rule considering what amount of time it takes to make you a veteran in the eyes of your country. In my opinion it has to do with why you were let go from service. I know a very patriotic young lady who was separated from the Army at 5 months due to a shattered ankle while at jump school. Her gear failed to work properly while doing a repeling exercise. In my eyes, she is a veteran. I think it's a damn shame that she will have to deal with the pain and consequences of that injury without any VA benefits.
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SFC Marty Jones
SFC Marty Jones
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Stodola you are correct 180 days of consecutive service. Normally those requirements would have been met by completing BCT and AIT. Anything short of that and your status as a Veteran will be determined by you character of discharge block 24 and 27 on DD 214 if I'm not mistaken.
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CW3 Andre Dozier
CW3 Andre Dozier
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From what I remember, and these days not much, but I agree with the 180-181 days consecutive active duty.
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AA Karen Dietrich
AA Karen Dietrich
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Not true if it’s a medical issue
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SFC George Sease
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I would have to say that the person in question cannot be considered a veteran. 1. Did not finish training (AIT), 2. did not get assigned to a unit that was not a training unit . 3. Was not in a combat zone, 4. More than likely did not receive the National Defense Ribbon, 5. Did not receive a ribbon for the Cold War, 6. Their DD214 should be able to answer some interesting questions-like why did they not stay in.
I would have to say that nope. Sparky does not get to be called a veteran.
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SSG(P) Danielle Birtha
SSG(P) Danielle Birtha
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"Operation Frequent Wind"? LOL... missed that one... rotflmbo at the title!
Beano for all who participated!
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SGT Tiik Taaka
SGT Tiik Taaka
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Why guess? There is already a DA pamphlet on the topic. This is what I found in less then 20 seconds...
A person without active duty time who was
injured during training may still qualify as a
Veteran.
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MSgt Paula Furstenfeld
MSgt Paula Furstenfeld
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I served 23 years and was never in a combat zone! Was activated to go to a combat zone, but my unit was never sent.
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PO3 Paul Barger
PO3 Paul Barger
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PO2 Dale Brown - the cold war ribbon is something that many have pushed for years to be official. So far I only think 2 states recognize it as official. But it can be worn in the civilian world.
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