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SFC Patient Service Tech
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Why not just encompass ALL NG and Reservists that served, regardless of time served. To me, 8 yrs or 20 yrs, if you served Honorably....you're a Veteran to me.
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SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
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I was aware of this when I retired 16 yrs. ago, had 24 yrs. , but as a VA person told me you have veterans (those that served), and veterans(those that retired). One gets benefits and retirement pay, the other a handshake and a pat on the back.
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CPO Cheryl Oldendick McDaniel
CPO Cheryl Oldendick McDaniel
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There would seem to be a need to acknowledge those who decide to stay and serve for at least 20. If one serves four years, fortunate to not be injured either mentally or physically, and person decides to leave, that person thanked for his service and earned the respect as a veteran. So many don’t come home or come home broken. We go on in honor of those who couldn’t. The honor and appreciation is welcomed and we are humbled by it, but We chose to serve and not in this for recognition.
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Lt Col Thomas Barry
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National Guard or Reserve members who serve on Title 10 Orders for 181 consecutive days are considered Veterans in the eyes of the Department of Veterans Affairs and are entitled to V.A. Benefits. You do not have to retire with 20 Guard or Reserve years to be considered a Veteran but to get the VA Benefits you have to have the magic number of 181 days of Title 10 Orders.
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Maj Blake D
Maj Blake D
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Thanks Colonel, and I believe that's been the case for several years according to the VA.
On behalf of our fellow retirees, I'd like to know the new value in benefit(s) outside of honorable name only, to the retiree regarding the new designation of "veteran" for reserve and guard retirees with 20+ years according the Miller-Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Act, signed Dec 2016? The media has played it up on a number of websites like there are significant new benefits for retirees.
“SEC. 305. HONORING AS VETERANS CERTAIN PERSONS WHO PERFORMED SERVICE IN THE RESERVE COMPONENTS OF THE ARMED FORCES.
Any person who is entitled under chapter 1223 of title 10, United States Code, to retired pay for nonregular service or, but for age, would be entitled under such chapter to retired pay for nonregular service shall be honored as a veteran but shall not be entitled to any benefit by reason of this honor.”
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