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Old 02-06-2018, 02:26 PM
 
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im not talking about stolen valor and walking around in uniform, but a walmart or ol navy t shirt with army on it. not government issue.

its seems like everybody either stolen valor gun ho or anti military in this area. i just dont want to be attack for wearing a wal mart t shirt, but want to show pride for those that served in my town.

my dad was 35 years airforce but being deaf is a no go for me.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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Yes, of course, and if someone does not like it, screw them. There is nothing wrong with expressing support for the military through numerous means, including shirts. I think the only line is when the item says "veteran" on it, and would make people think you are a veteran of said service, unit, or campaign.

It is only a problem when you intentions are to steal valor.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:23 PM
 
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The government hires hearing impaired all the time. You can be an Army civilian or a NAVFAC employee, depending on your job skill. Probably any branch but I'm more familiar with those two. We have several hearing impaired working on our base. Two carpenter/painters (one is a fine cabinet maker) and one baker (yum). For meetings, etc, a signer is always brought in. Very normal in my world.

Other than that, 29yr vet here and I'd love to see you flying the colors of our military.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:42 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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You support our soldiers and sailors every time you pay Federal taxes. Literally.
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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Serving in the military isn't "supporting the military". Supporting the military is something civilians do and should be encouraged.

Wear whatever you want as long as it isn't a military uniform that you are not entitled to wear. I served for three decades and have no problem with a civilian wearing a Navy t shirt or hat.
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Old 02-06-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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im not talking about stolen valor and walking around in uniform, but a walmart or ol navy t shirt with army on it. not government issue.

its seems like everybody either stolen valor gun ho or anti military in this area. i just dont want to be attack for wearing a wal mart t shirt, but want to show pride for those that served in my town.

my dad was 35 years airforce but being deaf is a no go for me.
Absolutely! Just thank them when you see them or volunteer at the local USO or VFW. Thank you for your support.
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Old 02-07-2018, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... my dad was 35 years airforce ...
Every military base has an exchange. In those stores are a wide assortment of clothes, hats, etc that carry pro military slogans.

Go with your dad to the base and get yourself a t-shirt that displays your support of the military.

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Old 02-07-2018, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I supported the Navy with more than 22 years of civilian service. Come to think of it, I think I'll get buried in my windbreaker from Adak Island. Working there (and further out) was one of the best gigs in my life!
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Buy someone in the service a drink and thank them for their service.
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Anybody who is going to attack you for wearing a regular old civlian-issue shirt that says Army, Navy, etc. on it is likely somebody who is just looking for something to attack you over, and if it wasn't that, it would be something else.

Millions of retailers sell non-uniform attire that is imprinted with military and military pride logos, words, symbols, etc. and market them to civilians. It isn't anything anybody should be getting in your face over.

If you'd like to take an even more active role in supporting servicemembers and veterans, you can do things like volunteering to help spearhead letter writing and care package campaigns in local schools and community organizations for deployed and underway troops, work with social service agencies that help homeless and disabled veterans access necessary services, work with agencies who are building tiny homes for homeless vets, support your local VFW when they do fundraisers, etc. There are lots of things you can do as a civilian to help support the military, even if you are not able to serve.
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