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Old 03-11-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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My neighbor spent a year in Vietnam. Got a purple heart after being wounded in a mortar attack. He's very personable and well adjusted. We chat all the time. If he had issues, I would have noticed them by now.



You would never know this guy had gone through hell.........never talked to me in detail about it until I had known him for over 5 years. Hardly ever saw him lose his temper. Over a period of years I noticed he brushed his teeth maybe 8-10 times a day.............I finally asked him nicely why that was.......He blew up......." YOU EVER LIVE IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND FOR A YEAR AND ONLY GET TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH MAYBE ONCE A MONTH!!!........... ".............I apologized........later. so did he..........
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:40 AM
 
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You would never know this guy had gone through hell.........never talked to me in detail about it until I had known him for over 5 years. Hardly ever saw him lose his temper. Over a period of years I noticed he brushed his teeth maybe 8-10 times a day.............I finally asked him nicely why that was.......He blew up......." YOU EVER LIVE IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND FOR A YEAR AND ONLY GET TO BRUSH YOUR TEETH MAYBE ONCE A MONTH!!!........... ".............I apologized........later. so did he..........


interesting about the brushing of teeth.


A good friend of mine was in infantry in Vietnam..........severely wounded.........and to this day does strange things.


First thing in the morning, he goes outside in back yard and brushes his teeth outside.


He has no "bad paper discharge" either !
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Old 03-12-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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interesting about the brushing of teeth.


A good friend of mine was in infantry in Vietnam..........severely wounded.........and to this day does strange things.


First thing in the morning, he goes outside in back yard and brushes his teeth outside.


He has no "bad paper discharge" either !



Who am I to judge...........unless I have walked in THEIR shoes...........Salute to them both.......
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Old 04-01-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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It should be some screening, especially since those with good conduct medals didn't get the award by mistake. I do understand some may have gotten it unfairly, but if someone were court martial or broke some UCMJ, it would not be unfair to those who earned an honorable discharge.
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:29 AM
 
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I'm okay with them going to the VA...

Even if they got a bad discharge, during the time before that happened, did they not serve the country? Not my job to judge them, if they served, they are vets. How they got discharged is between them and their command chain.

If they committed a crime, they would be court martial/in jail, if they are out now, they did their punishment already, no need to punish them more by depriving them of care

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I have many friends who had hellish experiences while serving in the infantry in Vietnam.
Every one of them got an honorable discharge.
maybe because the ones that weren't didn't want to become friends with you? Your example is more about selection and association more than anything else.
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Based on this article,

Lawmakers and veterans advocates have said service members with bad paper were, in many cases, unjustly released from the military because of mental health issues. They estimate 22,000 veterans with mental illnesses have received other-than-honorable discharges since 2009.

VA to Provide Mental Health Care to Vets with 'Bad Paper' Discharges | Military.com

Bold is the key issue. Many of these people were UNJUSTLY released from the military and many of them were COMBAT veterans.

Offer them basic mental health care is a kind and right thing to do, in my opinion.
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