Posted on Feb 27, 2015
SPC Johnny Velazquez, PhD
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I have spoken with other vets regarding this topic, and they have indicated that in some States, they are addressed as such. I personally don't feel it's right, as I served in Germany from 62 to 65, and not in Country.

What is your take on this?
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CPT Jack Durish
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To be fair, anyone who served in the military during the time of the Vietnam War had a chance of going there. Furthermore, anyone in uniform during that time was subject to the same abuse back home. You were just as likely to be called a "Baby Killer" and have pig's blood thrown on you regardless of where you were stationed or what your MOS was.

However, there is a distinction. Vietnam Era Vets are not Vietnam Vets. Those who served in Germany or Alabama weren't exposed to enemy fire or Agent Orange. Let's not blur the lines...
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SPC Roger Ashby5
SPC Roger Ashby5
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There is a proble with VA. rcoreds! They no longer tell the medic of agent orange. When I went to the VA. for PSD was rejeted by a DR. who was a Vietnams That was in the 70s. I the 80s the cover of my file was the word ORANGE, that, got me 20%. Now to this date because of the of the outcome I made it to 90%. Even after today with new events they kept me at 90% after dividing 10% into two 5%
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SPC Barbara (Crocker) Carlson
SPC Barbara (Crocker) Carlson
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SSG Edward Tilton - actually some WERE exposed to AO.
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CMSgt Marshall Ray
CMSgt Marshall Ray
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It's a moot point, every Vet served at a crucial time in our nation's history. Every moment in modern memory has been fraught with seemingly catastrophic danger. Serving in the military means no matter how insignificant your part was, in your mind, it was essential to the success of the nation with all the accompanying stressors.
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SPC Jeff Lutz
SPC Jeff Lutz
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SPC Barbara (Crocker) Carlson - my understanding is ao was used in korea along the dmz .
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PO1 Joan (Tipka) (Plummer) Fisher
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No! Vietnam Vets Earned the exclusive right to call themselves that. It would be another slap in the face to them to call someone who served in Europe a Vietnam Vet. Only those who endured the hardships should be called that.
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SGT Dan Gray
SGT Dan Gray
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Mad lady because you still to this day cant be in a combat unit except for promotion? They are Vets no matter WHEN they served. If what you are saying is correct then you WONT be a Vet when you get out.
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MSgt Marvin Kinderknecht
MSgt Marvin Kinderknecht
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Capt Ben Michelson - GOOD for you Capt. I also flew, landed, refueled and took off again. Damm that was tough but fun!!.
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Cpl Anthony Starcevic
Cpl Anthony Starcevic
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We distinguish between the services:eg USMC,NAVY,ARMY....etc. I want to acknowledge my "BROTHERS" with "SEMPRE FI" when I see them.....As I see fitting to acknowledge my Viet Nam "BROTHERS" WHEN I see them! But thats just me....to each their own!
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A1C Ed Warr
A1C Ed Warr
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If you were awarded the Vietnam service medal and campaign medal, you are considered a Vietnam Vet.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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Absolutely Not! Vietnam era vets weren't there and in no way are Vietnam Vets. I saw on Medals of America website, there is a Nam era medal for them. How silly is that? I couldn't wear that medal. It doesn't stand for anything, except you were in the military while the war was going on. Why you weren't there, I'll never understand.
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SPC David Warren
SPC David Warren
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A campaign medal and/or ‘combat’ medal are terribly different things. Anyone could be enlisted at a certain time; it’s a whole different world of dedication to serve directly in an actual warzone/bullet sponge environment. Every job should accomplish a task. That’s what the MOS list is for. To be a ‘vet’ is an honor; but, there is more above and beyond that as well.
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MSgt Gilbert Jones
MSgt Gilbert Jones
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MSgt Allen Chandler - MSgt Chandler, I agree with you, we are all veterans, but there are those on here that seem to have a problem distinguishing what constitute who is a Vietnam Veteran and one who served during the Vietnam conflict. I have said myself that everyone is important in the jobs they do. As for wars, the united states has been in two wars - World War I and II. All the others have just been conflicts. Because of the politicians, we really haven't faired to well in the outcomes of most conflicts. Yes, our troops fought well, but it seems like when we leave those countries, nothing seems any better other than we lost a lot of good people and spent a lot of tax payers money. I'm sure I will get some flack on my comments!
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MSgt Allen Chandler
MSgt Allen Chandler
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MSgt Gilbert Jones thank you for the comment I think I agree with you on most things I’d like to correct one technicality. Although there hasn’t been a declaration of war since the end of World War II prior to that there were several the war of 1812 In the Civil War be in the most famous
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MSgt Gilbert Jones
MSgt Gilbert Jones
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I thought about mention it, but with the attitude here and now, I thought it was best not to bring the Civil War up.
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