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Show Your ID.

Show Your ID.

By: Ronald Zeigler

As you all have heard, there are plenty of people who will impersonate a Veteran to get the meager perks that are offered to us. One way to help in weeding out these creeps is to show any military id that you have. On more than one occasion I’ve been offered a military discount just off of my wearing one my Sgt. Grit caps or other apparel. I always insist on showing my VA id and informing the person that they should always ask for it. Anyone can buy apparel. All those guys wearing Yankee gear never played for that team. Those of us who are Vietnam vets know that in today’s climate, “Thank you for your service”, is becoming a buzzword. I do feel that most people are sincere and it is my own experiences and biases that cause me to bristle before I smile and say thank you. Take care, all Veterans and active duty. Semper Fi!
Sgt. of Marines, 2/4 & 2/26, Vietnam ’67-’68.

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Lupe Moncebaiz - June 16, 2020

I all way carry mind I had lunch the other day with a friend as she was her turn to pay .I showed the waiter my I.D for our discount my friend said she just pick me up on the corner {she was just joking as the waiter was adding up the ticket she said I was covered. and said THANK YOU Marine. As alway had on my Sgt.Grit cover on

Michael Stuart - June 16, 2020

I too have met many posers who say they were Marines. I always ask the same question- ‘who were you with? If they are genuine you know how they answer: 3/1 or 2/5 etc. posers say something stupid like the infantry. Michael Stuart Cpl. 3rd. Amtracs RVN 69-70

Burger - June 16, 2020

Nope. Not me. No alcohol allowed in AFG. At least for those of us that obeyed orders. I can truly understand the resentment towards contractors that disregarded the rules, had no discipline, no sense of mission, and lacked respect for those they were expressly there to serve. I fought that bullshit and the crap it rained down on all of us my entire 3 years over there. Anyone doing what that guy did in my OA would have been shot too. He probably got his head squared away real quick with that action.

Robert colbert - June 16, 2020

State of Indiana can put veteran on the back of your license, Just bring in your DD214

Jimmy Santiago - June 16, 2020

Yes I agree with the showing of ID. All veterans remember there MOS , Duty Station, and all Marine Veterans even remember their DI names forever! My MOS #6060 AIRCREW SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT SPECIALIST (Parachute Rigger). Drill Instructor Sgt. Fernandez . Platoon #1116.

david r hurtado - June 16, 2020

how would u get a veteran id card instead like on a day like veterans day not to carry ur DD214 just asking l/cpl weapons company 2nd bat 3rd marines KANEOHE BAY HAWAII 86 TO 89 semper fi

Sgt G - June 16, 2020

what’s wrong with violence?

Sgt G - June 16, 2020

One wrong answer, and they are a phony vet? And what if you never had a “serial number”? What unit did he serve…What Marine has only served in a single unit? I agree with the MOS question, but the others are huge gray areas. Usually, just a casual conversation with them will easily reveal if they are full of shit, or not.

James Stamey - June 16, 2020

NC now has a Veteran DL with your DD 214.

Mike Gollihur, former Sgt. of Marines 65-69 - June 16, 2020

On Veterans’ Day last week, a local steak house was giving away a steak dinner to vets who had ID. I saw several folks with their DD-214 in hand, but I had recently found my red inactive reserve ID card that expired in ’71. The server did a double-take and remarked about how she hadn’t seen an expired one before, but I got fed! Semper Fi, Brothers, and Happy Birthday, as well.

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