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CW2 Tilo Stanley
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I would like to read something about Veterans that served with a Green Card.Some one,like me served during War time in a War Zone. In my Case,I served in Vietnam and my Dad was a World War 2 Soldier.My Roots run deep in America ,but he was not able to make me a Citizen.But ,received my Draft Notice and served in Vietnam twice as Green Card holder during my first Tour. These are the forgotten Soldiers.Some have died for there adoptive Country.They all deserve our respect.
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
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I have heard of foreigners having to fight unfortunately to get their citizenship. I hear that there are attorneys to assist those, but the VA should also help too. I hope that anyone can find assistance through one of the above sources if not a politician. Good luck.
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CW2 Tilo Stanley
CW2 Tilo Stanley
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I never looked at myself as a Foreigner or Alien.The Word Alien was derogatory in my Eyes. I had deep Roots in America ,due to my Dad,a US Army Word War 2 Veteran.But ,it is all in the passed now. I was a Squad Leader in Vietnam during my first Tour,as a Green Card Holder.All my Squad members were Citizens.
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
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CW2 Tilo Stanley - Most Americans are from another country so technically speaking those that are not Native Americans are foreigners. Under the constitution, those born in the US are citizens, right?, no. freed slaves were not accepted as citizens until segregation was outlawed. Freeman who fought in every war in this country for the US were still denied many rights. Asians were not allowed to become a citizen until 1954. I can keep going but those that received their right, fought by arguing your point. My mother is a full bred Choctaw Indian and my father is a bi-racial Caucasian African American but I am considered an African American by my looks except for my hair. You have a right based upon your statements so fight to get things corrected.
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SPC Brian Pritchard/Hall
SPC Brian Pritchard/Hall
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Anyone who served in a combat zone with a green card should be put to the front of the line for citizenship and if killed should be given honorary citizenship and their immediate family reviewed for citizenship in his honor. And any who served automatically have my respect.
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Andi Martinez
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Thank you all for joining the event and typing your questions in the chat. One of our experts will be addressing your questions. Department of Veterans Affairs
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SGT Air Defense Radar Repairer
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Question for Josh Seefried and Ernest Mo.

I'm a Trans Woman.

I have a lump in my breast.

If it turns out to be cancerous and has to be removed will the VA do reconstructive surgery and return me to my former state or will they declare reconstruction of my breast as cosmetic surgery leaving me with only 1 breast. Everything my VA is telling me is that is what will happen.
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
11 mo
I read that any surgery to replace breast probably will be listed as cosmetic because it is not needed for one to survive regardless of whether it is or was cancerous. Females go through the same results so sorry.
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
11 mo
That is what I meant so I apologize for the way that I misquoted my response. In courts females have tried to get an insurance policy to pay for reconstruction and the case was denied.
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SGT Carl Watson We are not talking about what happens outside of the VA. I am talking about what happens within the VA and how the VA mistreats Transgender Veterans.
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SGT Carl Watson
SGT Carl Watson
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I forgot to indicate that the VA accepted another court's
decision/ruling. Usually when state or district or appeal courts makes a decision then it includes the VA or other federal government agencies or departments. I read that the VA accepted the court's decision when another individual with the same question or complaint was denied.
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