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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SSG Bob Teachout
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Lt Col John Culley - I am only an "era" Vet - but if the organization voted to allows us "era vets" in I would have no problem joining - esp if I could help their numbers in the activities they are working on. I do now of SM who were sent directly from USAUER to RVN. So even though I was assigned to Europe - I always could have been sent to the combat zone.
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MAJ Pete Joplin
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TSgt Douglas Greenwood - Your rebuke is too harsh for what he wrote. He said, "Those who served in Germany or Alabama weren't exposed to enemy fire or Agent Orange." Your response gives no acknowledgement of German or Alabama, yet you go on to extol your service in Thailand. You have manged to "blur the lines."
Nonetheless, by your account, I would say that you are a Vietnam Vet. Welcome Home!
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TSgt Douglas Greenwood
TSgt Douglas Greenwood
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MAJ Pete Joplin - sorry, I was replying to another persons remarks. Must not have clicked their reply. They were sayIng if you weren’t effected by AO or you weren’t shot at, you’re not a Vietnam Vet. I was saying Vietnam wasn’t the only place for either of these. I do not consider myself a Vietnam Vet, but, those who didn’t see action or the effects, shouldn’t be so eggar to voice opinions they aren’t aware of.
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CPO Bill Penrod
CPO Bill Penrod
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Sgt Rodney Bell - Sgt Bell my understanding was you had to walk the fence line to be eligible for VA benefits. You had to call it "exposure to herbicides." I was on the hospital ship USS Sanctuary. We were not approved until 2009.
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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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Maj Martin Smith
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TSgt Douglas Greenwood - If you served in Thailand during the Vietnam war , your DD 214 should show a VSM. If it doesn't write to your Congressman.
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SPC Michael Collins
SPC Michael Collins
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Sgt Randall Dunkley - I agree. As a Vietnam Vet who was never in Country, I had still volunteered and went to basics in South Carolina where at least one of my Drill Instructors was a combat vet who bore the scars. We were trained just in case and reminded frequently that are first job would always be to fight. I will and do tell people that I was not in combat. I respect and love those who were.
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SP5 James Johnson
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I did 16+ months in country. Saw both side of the war. I was in action about 9 months and was a REMF for about 8 months.
I couldn't care less. Just don't steal the valor of those who were in country.
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Sgt Randall Dunkley - Well put, who give a fuck where you’ve served or in what era’s, we all served under God, One Nation and justice for all. For all those that served. Thank you for your services.
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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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PO3 Richard Lovejoy
PO3 Richard Lovejoy
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SSgt Terry P. - other USN units also were Awarded the same bottom three, I was aboard a carrier and received them along with Presidential Citation
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MSG Felipe De Leon Brown
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PO2 Wayne Durham - Your brother served for both of you. One sibling in the family was more than enough. Tell him, "Welcome Home!" for me. Personally, I'm glad that you didn't have to see the carnage but I am proud of you for having shown your willingness to serve our nation.
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CSM John Mead
CSM John Mead
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I wasn't thinking of other medals that are out there, but are not, I say again, not authorized for official wear. These are of the commemorative type. There are others for WWII, Korea, and the Cold War period. Expect some in the future for Iraq and Afghanistan.
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SFC Carl Mick
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no, vietnam era, you was in fort Benning? cuba? fort erwin? , to be a vet you need to be in a war zone, my neice calls herself a vet and she was Biden's home state, noway
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