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Old 11-22-2012, 04:22 AM
 
Location: chicago il.
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I remember in the 80s n Korean troops killed American troops cutting down a tree on our side of d.m.z..
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:16 AM
 
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I served in the US Army from October 1955 until October of 1957. My basic training was performed at Fort Dix, NJ, and the remainder of my term of duty was spent in the signal corps at Fort Monmouth. I rose to the rank of an E-5, was honorably discharged and fulfilled my reserve requirements as commanded. At the time no post service benefits were allowed and/or permitted. I am interested in trying to find out if there could be a change to this policy and what they might be. For instance: Would I be able to use VA facilities? Upon my death, would my surviving spouse receive any benefits?
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Old 11-12-2015, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Venus
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My entire enlistment was during peacetime. I was medically retired about 6 months before Desert Shield/Storm. I often ask myself if I would have enlisted if we were at war. I don't know the answer to that-but I suspect the answer would have been no.

When I got out, I applied to the V.A. Didn't have any problems. The only issue I had was with my state. They gave a property tax abatement to vets who served during war time. So, being a vet with a 100% disability, I could not get it because I got out 6 months before Desert Shield/Storm. The state FINALLY changed the law so people like me who served during peacetime can now get it.

Sometimes I must admit that I do feel guilty. I know there are people more deserving than I am for the bennies I have received. These young kids who come home from Iraq or Afghanistan without limbs, head traumas, PTSD, and many other ailments, they have to fight for what was promised them. I didn't have to fight like they do.



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Old 11-12-2015, 02:11 PM
 
Location: The South
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I served in the US Army from October 1955 until October of 1957. My basic training was performed at Fort Dix, NJ, and the remainder of my term of duty was spent in the signal corps at Fort Monmouth. I rose to the rank of an E-5, was honorably discharged and fulfilled my reserve requirements as commanded. At the time no post service benefits were allowed and/or permitted. I am interested in trying to find out if there could be a change to this policy and what they might be. For instance: Would I be able to use VA facilities? Upon my death, would my surviving spouse receive any benefits?
This link is for health care. You can look at it and tell if you think you have a shot at it. I believe there is also a means test. So if you have much retirement income you will be way down on the list.

Priority Groups - Health Benefits
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Nothing wrong with serving during peace time. You can't control when you were born.

I have a buddy whose father in law has license plates that say "Vietnam Era Veteran" because he was in the Army during the war but spent his time in a motor pool at Ft. Bliss.

I'm not a member of the American Legion or VFW, never really saw the benefit in joining either as I'm not a drinker and don't really socialize much.
You are not missing much.
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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At my VFW post, one old guy is a big mucky-muck [former Post Commander, former State Commander, blah blah], I asked him about his service. He did 20 years on Active Duty as a bar tender at one base his entire career stateside. His brother was in the Army and had gone to Korea when it was a hot battle zone, and had gotten killed. This guy got permission to fly to Korea to escort his brother's body back to the states. He landed in Korea one day and flew out the next day. That was enough to give him Korea service, and made him eligible for the VFW. A bar tender who less in Korea less than 24 hours. Now he is a big mucky-muck in the VFW. Everyone claps and applauds his service and honors the big hero.

It is bizarre thing how it all works out.
He had a cushy job for 20 yrs & lucked out when he flew to korea. What yrs service did he do ? I would never want to spend my entire career stateside. Germany was my first choice when I enlisted.
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