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Posted on Aug 24, 2017
SGT Joseph Gunderson
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Outfreakinstanding article. I almost had to go to blows with my oldest daughters middle school teacher years ago. She asked the kids who's parents were Veterans. My daughter raised her hand and then was asked what war did I fight in. My daughter honestly said that I did not see combat as I served between ODS and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She is then berated in front of everyone that unless I served in combat I was not "really" a Veteran. Needless to say she came home crying when she told me this story. Some phone calls and letters wound up with my family and I in a room with the teacher, the principal and the chairman of the school board to have the teacher give my daughter and I a personal apology.
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SSG Kelly Melton
SSG Kelly Melton
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All the way bro
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PO1 Anthony Tango
PO1 Anthony Tango
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Bravo Zulu ! ... The State of Louisiana Motor Vehicle office has Veteran Driver's license, and Vet plates. Two different criteria that contradict themselves!
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MSgt Kerry Lundy
MSgt Kerry Lundy
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Georgia also have Veteran Driver's license, Veteran Plate,DAV Plate and (Free) Retired Military plate.
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SFC Jim Ruether
SFC Jim Ruether
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We have to pay for our veteran plates in Minnesota where our governor believes we are just another special interest group looking for a handout! Can ya believe it? Why I oughta! To the moon governor!
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Cpl Justin Goolsby
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Nicely put. This is a conversation I've had with a lot of my Junior Marines. I get it. We're all trained killers ready to kick down doors and fight the enemy. So it's pretty easy for young troops to not see the value in their day to day occupation.

My MOS most people look at like it's a joke. They think all I do is reset computer passwords. They don't realize I'm one of the authorities that helps designate an aircraft safe to fly. Every time I hear of an aircraft going down, I hold my breath and wonder if it's one of mine. I wonder if I made a mistake in my calculations. Did I miss something?

I tell my Marines that every time an aircraft takes off and lands safely, that's a victory for us. Because pilots and other Marines lives are in our hands.

Sometimes that makes them appreciate our contribution to the fight at large. Other times they'd still rather kick down doors.
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SPC Tom DeSmet
SPC Tom DeSmet
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I feel your pain as I believe it must be difficult to be a Marine with a job other than Rifleman.
I met one of my cousins who was a Marine recruiter at a family reunion. At that time I was in an Army Special Ops unit, and he lit into me about how people like me were 2nd class soldiers and drove him nuts! Couldn't believe after 20 years since I had seen him last he chose to berate me in front of our grandmother. I was quite proud of what I did and where I was. Class A jack wagon.
Don't sell yourself short. Your role is just as important as the "real Marines"!
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PO1 Anthony Tango
PO1 Anthony Tango
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It took a Marine who worked for the Late Dept of Insurance to get me the benefits that had been denied me for 8 years. Semper Fi !
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MSgt Kerry Lundy
MSgt Kerry Lundy
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I feel your pain I was a mechanic in Vietnam. My shop maintained crash fire vehicles,fuel servicing vehicles, cargo handling equipment M113 tracks. I heard many times oh you were/are just a mechanic. I always said without me and the others you wouldn't get your CAS,bombing runs or cargo airlift and the list goes on. Every specialty is a vital link in mission accomplishment. Try working or staying in the boonies without food or medics when you are hit or sick. A well oiled machine is what I use to describe the US Military, every man and woman is vital whether in theater or not they are VETERANS.
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LCpl Emanuel W.
LCpl Emanuel W.
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I was given one of the worse (and most picked on and berated) MOS's of the Corps; 1181: Fabric Repairman. We got called everything, to include "Stitch Bitch", "Sew Hoe", being told we "don't rate". Yet, these same people would have the nerve to wake us up in the middle of the night to fix a hole/tear in their tent because it's leaking on them.
Without us, their 782 Gear would be in constant disrepair, GP & CP tents, 5-ton & Humvee covers, and Humvee soft doors would be constantly un-serviceable. This would have cost the Corps too much money to un-necessarily replace these. We've gone as far as resharpening sewing needles until they break/shatter, to cutback on costs.
Some people are surprised such an MOS existed and understand the cost effectiveness of having an MOS in the military. Others scoff at the fact that this is what I did for 3 1/2 years. They didn't care that if it came down to it (nearly happened twice), I'd be deployed in a heartbeat.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
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Even sadder than veterans who don't feel comfortable claiming their earned and rightful status is when others - often fellow vets who should know better - try to shame them into feeling like their service was not enough to qualify them to claim the title of veteran.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
SSgt Joseph Baptist
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One of the saddest things - followed by a redeeming moment - was when a fellow vet that I served with posted a suicidal intent on social media, because he felt he was not doing enough as a man and had wasted his life since he had spent twenty years int he military and never gone to war, etc. (he was going through a divorce, and was having troubles with his relationship with his son).

This was an NCO who had mentored me through some rough personal times when I was a young SPC, and who always found ways to make people laugh and feel good about themselves (I don't remember him ever yelling at anyone, he was the kind of NCO who would take you aside and have a quiet chat with you, and make you want to change), so of course I immediately sent a message about what a great impact he had on my life, and PMed him my home phone number.

He didn't call me for a couple of days, because he had to call over a hundred other people - most of them fellow vets - who had responded just like I had, as well as having four guys who lived "close" to him (one drove for over six hours) show up at his door.

That's the kind of treatment that vets should be giving each other - not trying to make each other feel like their service was meaningless.
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SGT Theo Moose
SGT Theo Moose
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This is truly the most detrimental, and the one I've seem the most.
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SPC(P) Mark Newman
SPC(P) Mark Newman
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I've not been subjected to this by any fellow vet, even combat vets.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
SSgt Joseph Baptist
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SPC(P) Mark Newman - Count yourself lucky.
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