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The VA I used before moving was full of walking Veteran billboards. I estimate at least 95% of the people there were wearing something advertising they are Veterans. That included on their vehicles in the parking lot as well.

Today, I had my first appointment at the Va where I now live and was hard pressed to find anyone that had any thing indicating they are a Vet. I never understood why so many guys wore the Vet shit at the VA anyway. I mean, it’s a no brainer that the majority of the people at a VA facility are Veterans.

Why do I care? I don’t have a clue.
 

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Those guys wear it everywhere. There's no conscious decision to be a billboard specifically at the VA, some guys just love letting everyone know they served. As a young vet, I can tell you most of my buddies wear cammo baseball caps, or vet-this, vet-that tees, etc etc. They just love being recognized for serving.
 
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Saw a guy at a restaurant, he was an older jent.was wearing a lot of medals and a ww2 hat.i paid for his breakfast on the way out.when I hit the hwy,a cop pulled me over for speeding,but his printer was malfunctioning, I thank every vet I see now lol.
 

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That’s ok Doc us old school cops know how to write tickets not print them out from the in-car printer lol. I’m a vet I don’t wear anything advertising it same with anything Police I don’t wear anything like that when off duty.
 

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The VA I used before moving was full of walking Veteran billboards. I estimate at least 95% of the people there were wearing something advertising they are Veterans. That included on their vehicles in the parking lot as well.

Today, I had my first appointment at the Va where I now live and was hard pressed to find anyone that had any thing indicating they are a Vet. I never understood why so many guys wore the Vet shit at the VA anyway. I mean, it’s a no brainer that the majority of the people at a VA facility are Veterans.

Why do I care? I don’t have a clue.
I like the Vet markers ppl wear at the VA. If you met them outside the VA and didn't know they worked there but did know they're a vet there's usually an instant camaraderie of sorts. Seque that into the VA and it's an instant personal talking point you can identify with and realize there's a person behind the job. They're very overworked. I hope the MISSION Act alleviates some of that.
 
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I like the Vet markers ppl wear at the VA. If you met them outside the VA and didn't know they worked there but did know they're a vet there's usually an instant camaraderie of sorts. Seque that into the VA and it's an instant personal talking point you can identify with and realize there's a person behind the job. They're very overworked. I hope the MISSION Act alleviates some of that.
I wasn’t referring to the employees, I was talking about the patients.
 

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I’m wasn’t referring to the employees, I was talking about the patients.
Ah. I've seen both. In Chicago & ATL VA hospitals I see Vet all over the place. If I get away from large metro hospitals and don't see it as much.

I suppose it serves the purpose of conversation starter. If I see a "Lele Makou No Na Puali" badge I stop & talk.
 

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I suppose it serves the purpose of conversation starter. If I see a "Lele Makou No Na Puali" badge I stop & talk.
I’ll sometimes do the same if I see crossed pistols. If you like to talk to people I guess that makes sense.
 

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I will sometimes wear this if it suits my mood
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The only Vet thing on my bike is a tiny bar on the fender bib my buddy made for me.
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I don't wear anything that would let people see I'm a Vet... including bumper stickers, vanity plates et al.... but I do wear a Folds of Honor ball cap... bought it at Dairy Queen on a run one day... must have been the first one they sold.. they were so appreciative that I got a free Sundae with it... or maybe it was the $5 lunch deal;)
 

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People need to be reminded that other people have put their lives on the line to protect the freedom they enjoy. If this country would make a 2 year military service a requirement, like some other countries do, for every man and woman between the ages of 18 to 25, without any deferment or exemption, there would be no need to advertise being a veteran.
 

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As for me, I usually don't advertise being a Vet. I know what I've done over the course of a 22 year career. I have maybe one hat with retired AF on it...and pretty much wear that only to specific Vet events...if I attend. A couple of French Foreign Legion Vets sent me a couple of polo shirts to celebrate our flying together in Zaire back in the 70's, and I wear those shirts now and then because the writing on them is in French...hardly anyone today knows French, so no big deal. :D Nothing on the cars or motorcycle either...with today's society the way it is, I WILL NOT make myself a target for the anti-military crowd. There seems to be no shortage of the type now.
 

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As for me, I usually don't advertise being a Vet. I know what I've done over the course of a 22 year career. I have maybe one hat with retired AF on it...and pretty much wear that only to specific Vet events...if I attend. A couple of French Foreign Legion Vets sent me a couple of polo shirts to celebrate our flying together in Zaire back in the 70's, and I wear those shirts now and then because the writing on them is in French...hardly anyone today knows French, so no big deal. :D Nothing on the cars or motorcycle either...with today's society the way it is, I WILL NOT make myself a target for the anti-military crowd. There seems to be no shortage of the type now.
I'm surprised things are like that around the Cape.
 

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I'm surprised things are like that around the Cape.
Not so much around here...a pretty good military presence exist. More than half my duty section at NASA have military backgrounds. I was speaking in the macro sense about a large segment of this country when I presented why I don't advertise military service in my first comment. I will always keep my vehicles 'sanitized' to a large degree (i.e., no smart ass bumper stickers, no decals or stickers of political, ethic, religious emblems or symbols, etc.). I don't want to draw attention to myself or my family If I happen to end up somewhere in a bad part of Anytown, USA. I hope I make sense.
 

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Not so much around here...a pretty good military presence exist. More than half my duty section at NASA have military backgrounds. I was speaking in the macro sense about a large segment of this country when I presented why I don't advertise military service in my first comment. I will always keep my vehicles 'sanitized' to a large degree (i.e., no smart ass bumper stickers, no decals or stickers of political, ethic, religious emblems or symbols, etc.). I don't want to draw attention to myself or my family If I happen to end up somewhere in a bad part of Anytown, USA. I hope I make sense.
Completely understand. Particularly if you come from that background and are traveling through Everytown.
 

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I don't advertise politics, but I do advertise patriotism. I have never had anyone be rude or nasty to me. Give respect, get respect. I have had more, "Thank you for your service!" in the past 5 years, than in the previous 40 years before that. It has gone across all races, creeds, and age groups. I am not arrogant about it, and ALWAYS RESPECTFUL to everyone.
 
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