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Old 02-03-2020, 07:33 AM   #1
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How do you ID other fellow Veteran RV'ers?

Driving down the freeway how do you pick out and ID fellow Veteran RV'ers?

We are truly a proud bunch of men and women. Other than the normal giveaways Flags, Decals there are the little things you spot, that are giveaways.

Some Examples: Military green, camo covers & tarps, Hats Shirts, Tags, The way they walk, hold themselves, Gig lines fixed and much more.

So what do you see that may lead you to believe a person is a former military service member?
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:48 AM   #2
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Old 02-03-2020, 07:50 AM   #3
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I work with a guy, I call him 19.5. He's all GI, collects camo stuff, wears camo ball cap, has a camo knife, talks about how wonderful C-Rations are and how nasty MREs are, etc. He somehow works into every conversation how he is a veteran. He also talks about how officers are stupid, which is weird because I am a retired officer, but I digress. He says he left the military at 19.5 because he disagreed with a certain policy regarding gays. His rank on departure was E-4.

He's a class A Poser. He never served one combat tour, yet our Nation has had troops in combat for over two decades. He probably left the military because he was not allowed to re-enlist after attaining the rank of E-4 over nearly 20 years.

I'm a vet, but I don't need to stand out. I fly my flag, and if someone asks, I'll tell. I did not serve for the appreciation, but I appreciate the appreciation we receive now days. I am saddened, ashamed and disgusted how my generation treated my Vietnam brothers. I served, frankly, because flying fighters is fun, and even Hercs are a wild ride with sheepskin seats, a galley and a head. I don't know what else I would have done. I got lucky and stayed in the cockpit pretty much the whole 24 years.
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Old 02-03-2020, 08:01 AM   #4
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We went to a Walmart yesterday morning after church to pick up some prescriptions. I wear a MACV hat which most people don't know anything about. Anyway a young man, probably 12 or 13, left his family and came to me to say thank you and shake my hand. That was nice.

I don't wear the hat for that though. I wear it to identify myself to other vets who I consider brothers. Quite often someone gives a casual salute or a nod and grin and I know they're a vet. Sometimes they even make the effort to shake hands and talk a little.

I do not want someone to buy me dinner or even coffee. In fact I don't want some hippee that cursed us when we came home wanting to shake hands to assuage their conscience. But that happens.

I saw a guy one time that just had a Vietnam service ribbon in the form of a small pin on his collar. I consider that to be a good way to do it.
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It use to be said you could tell the academy grads by their ring when they were pickin their nose
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Camo doesn't mean anything, I shot at a range where a group of guys came every weekend. They were rigged out in camo everything and we figured they had served. One day a retired Chief Master I shot with got into a conversation with them and it turned out none of them were veterans. They were just posers.

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Old 02-03-2020, 11:13 AM   #8
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I'm a vet, but I don't need to stand out. I fly my flag, and if someone asks, I'll tell. I did not serve for the appreciation, but I appreciate the appreciation we receive now days. I am saddened, ashamed and disgusted how my generation treated my Vietnam brothers.
Well said, my brother was a Vietnam vet who was in the middle of it all. He is currently dealing with lung problems caused by agent orange, among other things.

I was only a 4 year Naval Aviation maintenance vet ('58-'62), but I feel the same as TonyMack does about these things.

I usually notice other vets by their hats or other markings while in Walmart or other stores (difficult to do on the freeway). Sometimes I talk with them and learn their stories, some of which are pretty interesting. We chat for a while usually ending by thanking each other for our service. It makes for a nice day.

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A bayonet in the teeth is usually a good indicator.
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Identify patriotic Rv ers

I'm a non combat Viet-Nam vet 65-68 . I have USA flag in window of MH and plate on rear as well as Navy and Marine decals on rear. I wear Patriotic ball caps. I never received recognition as a Vet by the VFW, because I was not physically in Nam . I retired from being g the Master of Arms at the American Legion Post and 40/8 Chief De Train. Made the Honor Ride in DC with fellow bikers. Vet or no Vet I appreciate all Patriots who stand for the Flag and Thank God for the Opportunity to travel to camp grounds in the USA with a abundance of great people.
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These indicators hold true in my neck of the woods:

1. Short military haircut with or without full beard/mustache. Seems here either the gentleman cannot wait to stop shaving, or they insist on not stopping. No middle ground. :-)

2. Almost will never see a (combat) vet seated with their back to the door. They will always be seated in restaurants facing the doors. a lady when I go out with gentleman, I always compromise and grant them the seats facing the doors as I know they prefer & insist.

3. When talking to strangers, you will hear "sir" and "ma'am." I know in the south, this sounds more normal, but in the North it is not so much unless you are in the military.

4. Service Dogs in public. Service dogs for vets are a big deal here in MN since we lead in veteran suicide. Almost all service animals seen in stores & other public places are usually for veterans and service members.
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If you are a vet, you are my brother. If you are a combat vet, you are my blood brother.

My flags fly 24/7 (lit at night, of course). My oath has no expiration date, so I still serve whenever I should or must.

I came through combat unscathed, but some close friends suffer still. These are the types of vets that I go out of my way to lend a hand whenever I can.

Nam was hell, but I got shot at even more during the cold war in places we still don't talk about. Was bombed three times during embassy duty. The lead up to Black Hawk down was no picnic either.

I look stupid with facial hair, but the eyes give it away. My biker gear has patches that usually get a conversation going with other vets.

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Some years ago I saw a man wearing a Korean war hat. I walked up to him, removed my hat, thanked him for his service, and put out my hand, we shook and he told me how much he appreciated the recognition.He then said something that made me feel sad. He said " you are the first white man to ever remove his hat to me"
I will never forget that encounter-ever. Vietnam was not the only forgotten war.
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