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 Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Definitely Agree SGT!SGT (Join to see)
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Sgt Abraham Marcos
Sgt Abraham Marcos
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My dad served in the Navy during that time, he never referred to himself as a Vietnam Vet, he would say that he served during that era.
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CPL Stewart Caldwell
CPL Stewart Caldwell
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I was exposed to agent orange at Ft. Drum, NY in the 70s.
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PO2 Gerard Dickinson
PO2 Gerard Dickinson
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I am proud of my Navy service during the 60s. I sailed in the Pacific and the Atlantic through some hair raising storms to complete missions. But i always consider myself a Vietnam Era Veteran. I lost friends there and I have always worked to better the lives of the people that came back damaged. But I would never consider telling anybody that I was a combat veteran.
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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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PFC Martin Potashner
PFC Martin Potashner
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I WAS on tdy with macv in a base in the usa very classified cant talk about it and I asked to be assigned to Vietnam instead I was sent somewhere else all my records are gone I had health issues where I was sent I spent a month in a hospital no record of my stay in the hospital exist all I got was a dd214 and 18 months of foreign service
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CPT Bob Coleman
CPT Bob Coleman
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I am Viet Nam Era vet (I used VEAP benefits to get my Master's Degree). You can address me as "Bob".
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SCPO Rev. Dr. Thomas Peavy
SCPO Rev. Dr. Thomas Peavy
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The operative word is Era. All who served were in an Era. Those who served in Vietnam, its territorial waters and Thailand and pilots and air crew who flew missions in Vietnam are Vietnam Veterans. These men and women earned the Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Some serving earlier earned a service medal or had an opportunity to chose between the Vietnam Service Medal and the other service medal. If one does not qualify for the Vietnam Service Medal which recognizes that service they are not Vietnam Veterans. Vietnam Era Veterans earned to National Defense Service Medal. It should be on a DD 214 and that is clear evidence of being a Vietnam Veteran.
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PO1 David Kingsley
PO1 David Kingsley
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since they were giving out the National Defense Service Ribbon in boot camp, to Everyone who was in the Military at the time, This only indicates that one is a Vietnam Era Veteran.
If a person served in the Vietnam Theater, one would have the Vietnam Service Ribbon as well
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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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1LT Richard White
1LT Richard White
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Medals of American has created many faux medals like the one you describe. They seemed to be designed to fill out shadow boxes (which they sell).
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1LT James Gulley
1LT James Gulley
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SSG Gregg Mourizen - I doubt you’ll find many Vietnam Veterans arguing that they were Era vets too?
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SPC Edward Abney
SPC Edward Abney
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"Why you weren't there, I'll never understand"! Well Sarge. when I was in, the Army decided that I was needed elsewhere as it seems that they had other areas in the world that needed troops.
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CPT Bob Coleman
CPT Bob Coleman
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CPL Jason Draher - People died. Lots of weapons used. People left crippled and maimed. It doesn't take some act of Congress by a bunch of suits to make a war a war. All it takes is one Gold Star Family or one Wounded Warrior.
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