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Offline VN-Wil

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vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:05:24 pm »
Hello my fellow brothers and sisters once in-arms! In our little town we have some still-fit vets who dress in their uniforms on veterans day with all their regalia. For those of us not able to fit into our former uniforms, is it improper to wear earned medals and awards on our civies on veterans day?

I would love to hear everyones views on this. Thank you all for your service!

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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2010, 12:06:48 am »
By all means wear them and be proud of your service.
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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2010, 07:14:22 am »
Wear them on any special day. I wear my BS pin on my suit all the time.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2010, 12:18:50 am »
If you earned them, you are entitled to wear them with or without a uniform.  I wear my Vietnam service miniature on my blazer all of the time.

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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 08:57:59 pm »
Thanks Gents ......
I have been given some grief about that locally so stopped wearing them.

To me it goes beyond personal glory ....... we lost 12 men in my 1st unit, 21 in the 2nd and twice that many wounded or missing. I feel like i represent them, like, this is what they would look like (i.e. old and graying) if they had made it home in one piece.

As you suggest, i will wear them .... thanks for the support!

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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2010, 09:47:43 pm »
Get a copy of Big and Rich singing "8th of November" and play it. Or Terry Kelly singing "A Pittance of Time". Both are in You Tube.
8th of November
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozpdBvB0hek&ob=av3n
A Pittance of Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kX_3y3u5Uo
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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2010, 05:16:23 pm »
Hell yes you should wear them, you earned them! Thank you for your service.

Thanks Gents ......
I have been given some grief about that locally so stopped wearing them.

To me it goes beyond personal glory ....... we lost 12 men in my 1st unit, 21 in the 2nd and twice that many wounded or missing. I feel like i represent them, like, this is what they would look like (i.e. old and graying) if they had made it home in one piece.

As you suggest, i will wear them .... thanks for the support!

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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 10:14:11 am »
I agree Dennis.
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 03:47:31 pm »
You have every right to wear your awards. You have earned them and should be proud to wear them. As a veteran we must honor our fallen, and some of the awards you bear also honor the heros that are no longer with us. Never forget were you came from or who you fought with.

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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2010, 04:58:24 pm »
I know this thread has been dormant for a bit but I have a question about wearing ribbons/medals on civvies. This past Veteran's Day, for the 1st time since I got out of the Green Machine in the 90's I decided to wear my medals to work. I'm an 8th grade special ed teacher and the only veteran in my school and thought it might be good for the kids to see that the old fat guy they have as a teacher was once an in shape soldier. I looked all over the net trying to find a "civilian wear" guide which would tell me how to wear my salad on a civilian dress shirt but could not find anything. I ended up with my medals over my left breast pocket with my marksmanship badges pinned to the pocket itself. My last duty station was 2ID Korea (DMZ) and I wore the unit citations on my right breast pocket. I wore my VFW tie to "tie" everything together. I tried to emulate the placement on the dress uniform but I was paranoid that someone would take a picture of this "dumbass vet" wearing ill-placed medals and I'd be splashed across the net. Does anyone know if there is a technical bulletin, or other guide that can be used to show the proper placement of medals/ awards on civvies? Thanks =) Tom
P.S. The kids LOVED the medals and stories my Marine friend and I provided the kids during our Vet's Day presentation. I am amazed at how much  they DON'T know about their history. =(
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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2010, 07:39:23 pm »
I used the DOD order of precedence chart, just as when I used to wear the in-service uniform, and as you described it yourself. I wear a military-ish shirt, but probably of no import.

The post shown on the below site has me somewhat confused though:

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/a/uniformwearar.htm

Thanks for your service and for educating those kids ........ we should all do the same whenever the opportunity arises, no?

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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2010, 08:38:37 pm »
This might state it a little clearer.
http://www.military.com/benefits/resources/wearing-medals-awards-and-decorations
One just does not do it day in, day out. For special occasions, definitely.
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Re: vets wearing medals/ribbons in civilian clothes
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2010, 09:26:20 pm »
Thanks, guys.  :) I knew you fellas would have good info. Y'all take care and stay warm out there.  ;D Tom
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2011, 12:38:24 am »
Several years ago, the VA Secretary issued a request for all vets to wear their decorations on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  I remember there was even a poster to that effect.

I think it would be good for us to see that!  I hope the VA, VFW, Legion and the military services get behind this again.