Posted on Nov 5, 2017
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I’ve literally don’t nothing, I’ve been in for about a year, haven’t deployed, and I really don’t want to seem like I’m a poser and I most definitely don’t want to take away any lime light for service members who actually deserve the recongnition. However, it means a lot to my brother and sister that I attend. Is this okay? Maybe I’m overthinking it.
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CPT Jack Durish
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Go. Enjoy. They need to meet you, to be inspired by you. You signed the same blank check as the rest of us. Yours simply hasn't been tendered for payment yet. So what?
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CPT Jack Durish
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Sgt Fernando Urena - PFC Pamala (Hall) Foster Let this be a lesson. Never speak figuratively when dealing with the Air Force. (You never know where they might drop that bomb) The "blank check" is a figure of speech (a word or phrase used in a non-literal sense for rhetorical or vivid effect). When we sign our contracts of service (all branches of the service) and raise our hands to swear our oath of service ("...to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic...") we are committing to serve according to the needs of the service. And we may be needed to go in harm's way (into danger places at dangerous times. In other words, we may die while doing our duty, following orders, protecting the nation, etc (etc - abbreviation for the Latin "et cetera" meaning and other things, used at the end of a list to indicate that further, similar items are included. It doesn't matter what branch of service or when or where you serve, you may find yourself in danger, fear of your life and, thus (therefore), you have every right to wear your uniform with pride, accept honors on behalf of others who serve (as in being invited to a classroom where children may be inspired by you)
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PFC Pamala (Hall) Foster
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CPT Jack Durish - My uncle when I was little used the phrase to tell me (the few times he talked ) about enlisting during Korea Era. A few of my friends that served in the past used that phrase. I am glad that I signed my contract, but wish I didn't get Bell's Palsy due to injury. They were Army so I use that phrase at times myself.
For me now, I sing for the veterans and enjoy the time I spend with them learning and wish I could have stayed in longer. The day I wore my uniform- it was at a school function and we were all in combat gear so no one knew I was a girl til I took off my cover and they saw my bun and then all the kids wanted me to show them the equipment and I felt pretty amazing til the Bell's Palsy showed up and affected me that night while driving...didn't have too much trouble, but was hugging the shoulder line'. The only major change in my life is that I now have a Service Dog in Training and wear tinted lenses to help my eyes. Those who served before me, with me and after me have shown me more compassion and respect than my own family did and I call the Armed Forces my family.
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Sgt Fernando Urena
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CPT Jack Durish - The figurative meaning wasn't lost on me, although your mocking patronization and definition of et cetera gave a me a good laugh. I was just having my own laugh at PFC Pamala's response. It just seems to me that the whole "blank check" analogy is similar to patting yourself on the back. I signed no blank check. I performed my duties, and any pride I may feel is mine to have. Nobody signs a blank check, you just do what you do.
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Capt Marty Hogan
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CPT Jack Durish - wait- slow down- he's Marine. I knew zactly what you were driving. Great response to by the way Cap
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LTC Stephen F.
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It is wonderful that your little brother and sister want you to come to Veteran’s Day at their school PV2 (Join to see). They must be proud of you.
The fact that you are serving in the uniformed Armed Forces qualifies you as a service member and indeed as a veteran.
We generally are not responsible for where we serve or deploy to or don't deploy. We serve as best we can wherever we are assigned.
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SSgt Fuels Craftsman
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SFC Robert Walton I am a Veteran of 12 years Active Duty, have an Honorable DD Form 214 and have served in quite a few conflicts during that time. I am now a Reservist for 3 years. So apparently you didn't get your facts straight.
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SSgt Fuels Craftsman
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LTC Stephen F. - Sir, I didn't just share one definition, I shared a few. They all stated the fact that it was a prior service member, the code that you added just went on to add more information as to the legal terms. This most likely is for benefits AND to exactly state what the legal definition is.

Also, https://va.org/what-is-a-veteran-the-legal-definition/ Va.org seems to state this is the legal definition of a Veteran as well in a post of theirs, which I posted earlier. Otherwise they wouldn't have stated it like they did.

We are going back to the other comments made about being provided Veterans benefits while not technically being a Veteran yet. I stated this in an earlier post "Also, as you stated, the VA has a time limit for benefits. That is correct, because that is the amount of time they require. Just like the Air Force requires you to be in for 3 years before you get your GI Bill benefits. Just because they are requiring a time limit for benefits, does not mean that this makes you a Veteran at that time. She will become a Veteran, but is she one right now? No, no she is not. "

If the code also coincidences with the Dictionary, I do not think at that time you can say that is not the full definition of what a Veteran is. The Dictionary just states it in a much more simple manner.
"veteran noun
vet·er·an | \ ˈve-tə-rən , ˈve-trən \
Definition of veteran
1a : a former member of the armed forces
b : an old soldier of long service
2 : a person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill (such as politics or the arts)"

I see where you are coming from, but it's not all about benefits. This is also what the VA and English Dictionary just plane consider a Veteran to be.
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SFC Robert Walton
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SSgt (Join to see) - According to the status behind you Name I says service member, service member means still serving. I was simply going by that Sorry and Thank you for your service.
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SSgt Fuels Craftsman
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No worries, I would consider being a Reservist still being a service member since I am on active orders right now, although that could be debatable.
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SFC Joseph McCausland
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Pvt... no one who has earned the right to wear the uniform of the United States Military is a poser. You have a "fresh" perspective of what it is like being a solider. Accept their invitation and wear your uniform with "Pride"..... "Thank You For Your Service".
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MSgt It Specialist
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I wholeheartedly agree with SFC McCausland. Thanks for your service, and be safe during your career.
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