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The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony. The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans."

This forum also includes the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Perhaps you are working for the VA or interested in working for the VA. Here is a forum to share your experience with the VA.

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Beagle1AD  
#21 Posted : Friday, February 24, 2012 11:03:31 AM(UTC)

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2210again: At least my ASVAB scores were high enough to get into the Air Force and keep me from being a "jarhead"! Clap Air Force recruiter probably gave you an Army or Marine recruiter business card and sent you on your way.


LOL apparently it wasn't high enough to realize the CG is part of the military.
boxkicker  
#22 Posted : Friday, February 24, 2012 11:30:58 AM(UTC)

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Hmmmm....interesting

Not only does the Coast Guard take the ARMED SERVICES Vocational Aptitude Battery.......but.....

---Air Force recruits must score at least 36 points on the ASVAB

---The Coast Guard requires a minimum of 40 points on the ASVAB

boxkicker  
#23 Posted : Friday, February 24, 2012 11:37:58 AM(UTC)

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Let's take a look at the credibility of said USAF....

USAF says, "I worked there fo 4 years and I took a transfer to DFAS and never looked
backWe had 4 people here at DFAS transfer to the VHAand within 60 days they transferred back"

USAF also says, "I was a MPLSM Clerk (1995), before barcoding, and when our positions
were eliminated we got to choose from jobs withing a 50 mile radius and kept our pay and seniority statusThumbs Up I
chose to cross craft as a city carrier. best thing that ever happened.
Look at this as your opportunity to possibly get what you really want to
do.  Look for vacancies in all crafts in your area and ask for it!
Also, you can bump all TE's and PSE's. If you are a Regular you can bump a PTFClap Look at the positives and be strong"

USAF also says, "There were 2 vacancy announcements in Cleveland, and I applied. I
recieved three scores because the vacancies were for GS-5/6/7. I got a
score of 102 for GS-5/6 and a 97 for GS-7. I am a Vet and current
federal employee if that gives you some insight.
The interviews are sweet and simple. It's just for them to judge
your character, personality, and psycholigical reactions. HR has 30 days
after the last person interviews off the certificate to make a selection"

USAF also says, "I applied to 3 Immigration Services Assistant (ISA) vacancies 4 weeks
ago. Got my NOR's back last week and got called for interviews scheduled next week.Clap
Got my ISO exam scores last week, also!  Scored 97 + 5 points for combat Vet. Notice gave me a 102 scoreClap"

USAF also says, "

For GS-5/6/7 I recieved 105 on all three. Scored 100 and got 5
Veteran Preference points. I am also a current federal employee with
Bachelor's Degree requesting an inter-agency transfer. This was for
Cleveland.  If you are not a Fedral employee you will not qualify for
either GS-6 or 7; because, you do not meet the TIG reqirements. Must
hold 1 year TIG as a GS-5 then progress from there.... 1 year as a 6 to
be a 7. So, you'll only be considered for GS-5 if you have a bachelor's
degree or meet other requirements. Education does not count above GS-5"






boxkicker  
#24 Posted : Friday, February 24, 2012 11:40:10 AM(UTC)

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And......

In January 2012----USAF says, "BiggSarge:
You are ranting and raving and not making any sense. National Guard
time does not count towards federal employment. By the way, you can not
buy back military time, especially National Guard time, if military
retired for any reason. You are already "double dipping" by collecting
military retirement and a federal employee check. As far as seniority,
it has no weight because the VA is non-bargaining and operates on the
merit system. National Guardsmen aren't recognized in the Veteran
category. Guardsmen have very limited rights to VA benefits. Guardsmen
are a state militia, not a federal military force. Be glad you have a
federal job and drop the petty seniority issue.  And yes, I am an Active Duty VeteranStar and love my job at the VA. Additionally, I also served in the Guard, but rarely mention it because Guardsmen are just weekend warriors."

In February 2012----USAF says, "I started with the VA in 1993 and it was a great experience. After that
it has spiralled out of control. Over the years HR has been part of the
bad experiences. I transferred from the VHA and was a good move, but VA
HR wouldn't release my personnel file, or didn't know how to for over a year. My new agency's (DoD) HR took care of everything and chased down
the VA HR which they said was a horrible experience with blame gaming. I
now transferred to the VBA and have been greeted with the same
unprofessionalism. This is my 24 year civil service anniversary and experienced other federal agencys. VA takes the cake with nepatism, favoritism, and ethical violations. And, I am a 6 year combat Veteran. Is this how the VA treats their Vets let alone their employees?"

Any questions about credibility?

boxkicker2012-02-24 19:49:30
boxkicker  
#25 Posted : Friday, February 24, 2012 11:40:42 AM(UTC)

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Can't even lie very well@

Scotty  
#26 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 3:56:03 AM(UTC)
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Additionally regulations state;
 

1-6. Creditable Uniformed Service.

a. General Rule. To be creditable for leave accrual purposes, uniformed service must have:

(1) ended honorably. That includes: an honorable discharge or a discharge under honorable conditions (general) or transfer to the inactive reserves under honorable conditions.

and

(2) been active duty in a uniformed service.

(a) The uniformed services consist of the Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) plus the commissioned officer corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 Note public health and NOAA are considered part of uniformed services.
I'll be shoveling along: <br />Digger O'Dell
Fed1969  
#27 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 4:03:37 AM(UTC)

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The Coast Guard is very deserving of VA benefits.  Their career was far more dangerous than some Army and other service Veterans.
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#28 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 6:00:03 AM(UTC)

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Take a good look at the seal of the Department of Veterans Affairs:
 
 
  • The eagle holds 2 flags representing the span of our nation's history from 13 colonies to the present 50 states.
  • The golden cord symbolizes those who have fallen in defense of our country.
  • The circle of 5 stars above the eagle represent each of our 5 armed forces - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard.
 
 
Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro, United States Coast Guard, was posthumously awarded the Navy Medal of Honor for action during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
Pipemajor2012-02-27 14:12:39
usmc0341  
#29 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 7:20:16 AM(UTC)

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if you despise the coast guard so much, please write to your congressman to change the law. as far as the rest of us, we have to abide by 38 CFR 3.7(h).

"The following individuals and groups are considered to have performed active military, naval, or air service.

Coast Guard. Active service in Coast Guard on or after January 29, 1915, while under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department, Navy Department, or the Department of Transportation."
Mike  
#30 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 10:47:30 AM(UTC)
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Fed1969 wrote:
The Coast Guard is very deserving of VA benefits.  Their career was far more dangerous than some Army and other service Veterans.


You are being disrespectful of other Veterans by saying this.  Please keep your anti-Veteran comments to yourself.  We have enough corrupt law evading HR officials talking like this all the time on the clock. 
Veteran unemployment to 0%.
Crawdaddy  
#31 Posted : Monday, February 27, 2012 10:56:14 AM(UTC)

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I agree Fed1969.  Their hanger was next to ours.  Dolphin helos and .50 cals out hunting smugglers daily.  I only got deployed every few years, they put it on the line all the time.  My salute to the under-appreciated veteran coasties. 


Crawdaddy2012-02-27 19:02:27
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Lolo  
#32 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2012 2:04:12 AM(UTC)
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USAF wrote:
The Coast Guard is not under Dept of Defense, nor is it an active military force. the Coast Guard was under Dept of Transportation; then post-911, they were moved under Homeland Security. They are more or less border agents or a rescue service for America's waterways. They shouldn't even be deployed outside of the country as their tasks are in country. So, why are they entitled to military Veterans Benefits from the Veterans Administration? One rule to be eligible for VA benefits is to have served 180 days on military active duty, which the CG clearly does not do.


Well, I never intended this to be my first post on this site, but here goes...

I am a Coast Guard Veteran and I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Where were you when I was floating around the Persian Gulf?  Where were you when I was in Kuwait?  Were you there?  You have some nerve to discredit the works of an entire organization and an entire BRANCH OF THE MILITARY and call yourself a Veteran.  

You obviously don't know the mission(s) of the USCG.  If you did, I highly doubt you would make this post in the first place.

Maybe you just have a beef with the Coast Guard.  Who knows.   Maybe one day you'll be floating around a cold ocean looking for rescue and your opinion will change... 




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#33 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2012 4:33:20 AM(UTC)

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U.S. Code, Title 14 - The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times.

The Coast Guard shall be a service in the Department of Homeland Security, except when operating as a service in the Navy.

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I am a proud Coastie vet myself. Each and every branch has a unique mission and all are worthy of their proper respect. Wink
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Crawdaddy  
#34 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2012 5:36:17 AM(UTC)

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Thereallolo wrote:
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I am a Coast Guard Veteran and I served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Where were you when I was floating around the Persian Gulf?  Where were you when I was in Kuwait?  Were you there? 



Any chance you were at Kuwait Naval Base?
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Knight  
#35 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2012 5:56:30 AM(UTC)

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This very conversation occured in a VA waiting room.
 
Him "So what branch did you serve in?"
Me "Air Force, 24 years."
Him "Deploy much?"
Me "Once to Saudi."
Him "See any combat?"
Me "Nope."
Him "You are not a Vet."
 
Sad, but true.
Beagle1AD  
#36 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2012 10:39:32 AM(UTC)

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Knight wrote:
This very conversation occured in a VA waiting room.
 
Him "So what branch did you serve in?"
Me "Air Force, 24 years."
Him "Deploy much?"
Me "Once to Saudi."
Him "See any combat?"
Me "Nope."
Him "You are not a Vet."
 
Sad, but true.
 
There were roughly 10,000 Special Forces aka navy seals team  nine aka delta force that took part in nabbing osama.  You have to obtained Special Force level one in Call of Duty to be a qualified vet.
 
You want proof??? ask Vettor and usaf.
usmc0151  
#37 Posted : Friday, March 2, 2012 9:17:19 PM(UTC)

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Knight wrote:
This very conversation occured in a VA waiting room.
 
Him "So what branch did you serve in?"
Me "Air Force, 24 years."
Him "Deploy much?"
Me "Once to Saudi."
Him "See any combat?"
Me "Nope."
Him "You are not a Vet."
 
Sad, but true.


When people argue semantics, no one wins.
usmc0341  
#38 Posted : Saturday, March 3, 2012 10:46:42 AM(UTC)

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usmc0151 wrote:
When people argue semantics, no one wins.

exactly. it's kinda like me poking fun at this POG Wink
Beagle1AD  
#39 Posted : Saturday, March 3, 2012 11:15:23 AM(UTC)

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usmc0341 wrote:
usmc0151 wrote:
When people argue semantics, no one wins.

exactly. it's kinda like me poking fun at this POG Wink


LOL, almost looked like you quoted yourself, just need usmc0321 to come on board.

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