Veterans Affairs and Issues

Veterans Affairs and Issues have to do with anything that concerns veterans of the armed service. Many benefits are provided to the veterans of the armed services and when new legislation is proposed, questions about the effects on benefits to veterans are common. This is the place to ask those, and other questions about benefits to veterans.

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US Military
WW2 Homefront
US in WW2
Veterans Affairs and Issues

How can you find information on former service members who served in the US Armed Forces?

Factories pumping out smoke would be and example of

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World War 1
Veterans Affairs and Issues
WW1 Homefront

How many World War I Veterans are still alive?

In 2010, only a handful of WW1 veterans were still alive. By early 2012, they were all deceased.

In early 2012, the last person serving in any armed service during WW1 passed away. The last combat veteran of WW1 died in 2011.

Florence Green (nee Patterson), who joined the Women's RAF at age 17 in 1918, was the last surviving armed forces member. She died on February 4, 2012, two weeks before her 111th birthday (born February 19, 1901).

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War and Military History
Veterans Affairs and Issues
Military Terminology
US Army

Is there a military discharge as general -other than honorable conditions?

There are actually seven different types of discharge characterization:

Uncharacterized - For entry level separations where the member has served less than 180 days when notifed of administrative separation. This can be recieved for a variety of different reasons. With respect to non-service related matters such as VA benefits, civilian employment etc, shall be considered as the equivilent of an Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions)

Honorable - an Honorable discharge is warranted when the quality of a member's service has met the standards of accepted conduct and performance of duty for military personnel.

General under honorable conditions - is appropriate if the member's service has been honest and faithful, but significant negative aspects of the member's conduct or performance outweighs positive aspects of the member's military record.

Under Other Than Honorable Conditions (OTH) - is warranted when a member engages in conduct involving one or more acts or omissions that constitute a significant departure from the conduct expected of members of the armed forces.

Bad Conduct - Is assigned as part of the sentence at Special or General court-martial.

Dishonorable - The least favorable characterization. Recieved as part of the sentence at General court-martial.

Dismissal - Equivilent to a Dishonorable, but reserved for commissioned officers. Recieved as part of the sentence at General court-martial.

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Veterans Affairs and Issues

What is American Veterans Aid?

American Veterans Aid (AVA) was founded by a war era veteran who wanted to help other veterans and their surviving spouses apply for and receive the Aid and Attendance Benefit. AVA is a privately owned for profit company and charges a reasonable fee for its service, called a Pre-Filing Consultation. The purpose of the Consultation is to determine the Claimant's eligibility and in many cases assist those who are ineligible to become eligible. The company has a 100% money back guarantee - if the claimant is denied his or her Benefit by the VA, any fee paid to AVA is fully refunded. The company has a VA accredited Claims Agent on staff to help the Claimants prepare and present their VA application forms to the VA and represent them before the VA Claims Board. There is no charge for this part of the service. The Claims Agent is only 1 of 99 in the country who can do this. For a claimant who is overqualified for VA Benefits due to having too much in assets, AVA will assist them with moving a portion of the assets into a protected account. With the money now in the protected account, AVA does not require the claimant to purchase any type of investment, such as annuities, certificates of deposit, bonds, or funeral trusts. The Claimant always has a choice of either paying AVA a reasonable fee for it's services or taking AVA's financial advice in repositioning a portion of the assets into safe, conservative, and secure investments. Thus, if the Claimant chooses to reposition their assets, the financial institutions who conduct these transactions will pay AVA a commission. AVA is proud of it's service to the many veterans and surviving souses across the nation. The company looks forward to many more years of helping those who served our nation receive the Benefits they deserve.

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Korean War
Veterans Affairs and Issues
US Coins

Were you in the army in Korea in 1966 and 1967?

Yes, Nov. 66 - Oct 67

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Vietnam War
Veterans Affairs and Issues

When did body bags start being used in Vietnam?

Military body bags were always available in Vietnam. They were a normal part of the medical corp's equipment. In Vietnam, they were kept in cardboard boxes and stored in various warehouses, until requested for use. People in the US seldom, if ever, heard of the term nor thought much about them, until newsmen and anti-draft protesters begin yelling out the "name" over nation wide television. During the US Army's final large offensive, during Operation Lam Son 719 in 1971; boxes of body bags were shipped out to Firebase Vandergrift and surrounding firebases. Placed under the supervision of the medics, they were kept hidden from general view, as they not only gave away the massive size of the operation, but if seen they also could lower morale.

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Vietnam War
Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

Why do we honor Vietnam veterans?

We honor those who were willing to fight for our country even if we disagree with the war that they fought in.

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Jobs
Veterans Affairs and Issues
Military Terminology

If you get a general discharge from the military how hard is it to get your life back on track?

How much does it matter "how hard it is"? either you are going to get "on track" or you are going to accept defeat and settle for second, third or fourth best. Good Luck whatever you decide.

As long as you sit your mind on bettering yourself and achieveing great goals then that is exactly what you will accomplish! You are in control of your life and whatever you make of it is your choice. Keep your head up and maintain a positive attitude, by shooting for the moon and you will end up hanging with the stars.

If you're talking about how hard would it be to get a jobthen not hard at all...most employers don't ask or care about what type of discharge you had unless it's a government job.

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World War 2
History of the United States
Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

What is a veteran?

Haven't you ever noticed Veteran groups like the "American Legend"? How about the VFW? "Veterans of Foreign Wars". Veterans are people that have already been in the military.

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Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

What does Veteran's day represent?

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. The armistice ending the hostilities of World War I went into effect at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918. That is why November 11th is deemed the date for this holiday. It was a day to honor all those who had served during WWI, at that time commonly called the Great War. It was first commemorated on November 11, 1919.

November 11, 1918 was not the end of World War I. It did not officially end until the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. Armistice Day officially became a national holiday in 1938. Armistice Day gradually became referred to as Veterans Day and on June 1, 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was renamed as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars in which the United States was involved.

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Military Awards and Medals
Veterans Affairs and Issues
The Difference Between

Is there a replacement certificate available for a Golden Shellback?

yes, the certificates are printed by Tiffany Publishing Company located in Norfolk Va. http://tiffanypublishing.com QM Certificates are also available from the United States Naval Institute. Many ships had certificates specially printed to their own design. Of course you can buy a replacement but it won't have all the "official signatures" on it that your original had. If the yeomen/personnelmen on your ship were sharp they would have placed a photocopy of your certificate in your service record. If you're still on active duty that should be easy to check; if you're retired you'll have to request a copy from the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis Old Bubblehead

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Student Loans and Financial Aid
Veterans Affairs and Issues
Scholarships

Are there scholarships available for kids who have had heart surgery?

yes because they have suffered alot already

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Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

Are banks closed on Veterans Day in Virginia?

Yes, it is a Federal Holiday and all banks are closed.

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Easter
Veterans Affairs and Issues
Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings

What does the color purple represent during Easter?

Royalty. It's always been the color of royalty. In the case of Easter, it has a dual meaning... primarily it represents the kingship of Jesus, but it's also a reminder of the robe that the soldiers put on him as they were mocking him prior to the crucifixion.

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Vietnam War
History of the United States
Iraq
Veterans Affairs and Issues

Would the therapies you employed with the Iraq veterans be the same for the Vietnam veterans?

There should be a closer correlation between a police officer who just experienced a traumatic incident & and an Iraq or Afghanistan US veteran. For the following reasons:

1. Both are conducting similar work (law enforcement/arresting/searching/physical scuffles/shootings/terrorism/death/wounds, etc).

2. Both law enforcement & military (which is also law enforcement effective 1990s) are ALL VOLUNTEER EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYERS.

3. Law enforcement officers & current US military personnel are NOT AT WAR WITH ANOTHER NATION (the US is not at war with any Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, or Navy of Iraq nor Afghanistan).

4. If war was being conducted against another nation...constant battle (in the air, on the sea, and on the land) would begin to take a toll on personnel. That's not currently the case.

The number one biggest reason for traumatic problems for men in war (WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) was they DIDN'T ASK FOR IT; DIDN'T WANT IT; and were FORCED TO GO AND FIGHT IT! This of course was on top of getting one's arm or leg blown off, or getting killed, etc.

So...does a police officer want to be a police officer? Yes or no is half the battle. Based upon all the "cop" shows on television and at the theaters, one might think that "most everybody" wants to be a cop! Same for today's equal opportunity military.

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History of the United States
Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

Does Knott's berry farm have aNy veterans day specials for 2010?

I contacted Knotts Customer Relations and got this reponse today (10/12/10)

Hello Anna:

Yes, we are having the annual Military/Veteran's promotion from November 1 through November 25.

Sheri Ledoux, Administrator

Guest Communications

Knott's Berry Farm

8039 Beach Blvd.

Buena Park, CA 90620

(714) 220-5387

Fax: (714) 220-5426

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Job Training and Career Qualifications
Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues
US Military

How do you become a military veteran?

Serve in the US military and after a general or honorable discharge you are a US Veteran with the benefits thereof. Serve during a conflict in theater than you are a war veteran.

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History of the United States
Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

What people should you honor on Veterans Day?

We as Americans should honor every single soldiers that has risked and gave their lives to protect ours and our country. Even the one's that are still standing next to us today. Veterans Day shoulnd't just be a day when people take the day off to go shopping. that not what Veteran's Day is about.

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Veterans Affairs and Issues

What are opinions on the American Veterans Aid group a scam or not?

The American Veterans Aid Group is believed to be a scam, according to the opinions of many people. The organization is not sanctioned by any veterans organizations.

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World War 1
US in WW2
Veterans Affairs and Issues

How many American Vietnam veterans are still alive today?

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According to the US Census Bureau, of the 2.8 million Vietnam veterans who served in country Vietnam, there are 1,027,000 alive as of the 2000 census. It is interesting to note that another 15 million claim to be Vietnam veterans.

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World War 2
Korean War
Military Awards and Medals
Veterans Affairs and Issues

What is a 'battle star' and are there any websites that deal with battle stars and other World War 2 citations?

AnswerA battle star indicates that the recipient participated in a particular campaign. First one must determine the campaign ribbon that the star(s) are on, to then determine which campaign(s) the recipient participated in. It also helps to have the numerical designation of the unit that the recipient was assigned to. AnswerThe US Army also used Battle Clasps, with a specific title, like Army of Occupation Clasp, Good Conduct Clasp, etc. The stars indicated on a particular Army medal would be indicative of more than one combat engagement within the same theater of operations. Example: two bronze stars on an European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for Army service, would show that THREE combat actions were attributable to that person within that theater (European-African) of operation. The Medal or ribbon itself is action one, and each star indicates a separate action, for a total of three combat actions.
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Veterans Affairs and Issues

What is the projected 2010 cola for disabled veterans?

There is not going to be a COLA for 2010. As the current COLA is directly tied to the Social Security COLA, we get zip.

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History of the United States
Veterans Day Holiday
Veterans Affairs and Issues

Was Veterans Day ever observed on another day?

No, but many confuse memorial day ( was decoration day ) with versans day 11/11 . Poppies are sold this time of the year in British countries, weereas the USA , they sell poppies for memorial day (5/30 )

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War and Military History
Veterans Affairs and Issues
Sentence and Word Structure

What is an armistice?

A halt to fighting while a peace treaty is worked out

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Veterans Affairs and Issues
Hamburgers

Where was hamburger hill filmed?

Philippines.

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