I've been carrying this in my wallet since I was honorably discharged from the Air Force, 1 February1973.

It comes in handy from time to time...

The original DD214 is on file at the Office of the City Clerk in West Haven, CT, the town where I grew up and where I resided upon entry into active duty...

So here's my question:

What's in your wallet?

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Comment by Ron Powell on November 11, 2018 at 3:50am

The DD Form 214Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, generally referred to as a "DD 214", is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, e.g.,U.S. Air ForceU.S. ArmyU.S. Coast GuardU.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Navy.


Comment by koshersalaami on November 11, 2018 at 7:12am

I find this an interesting contrast to something Johnny Robish just posted about. It seems that Trump cancelled a visit in France to the graves of our WWI dead because rain prevented his helicopter from taking off. He apparently couldn’t be bothered to find another way to get there. 

Comment by alsoknownas on November 11, 2018 at 7:43am

I avoided service by a few numbers in the draft.

I did not volunteer but took to the streets in the anti-war effort,  getting pepper sprayed and hit with batons,in a young man's hope to stop friends from being killed. That part was not entirely successful. Eventually the war ended.

I recently found a small photo of myself from that time and now that you asked I realized I put it in my wallet.

Of course your service in the armed forces ended with an honorable discharge. None here would have expected less of you.

Comment by Steel Breeze on November 11, 2018 at 9:13am

when i got out in '71 i carried copies of my hon discharge from the USMC, my DD214,and the medals i'd recieved, and went job hunting. didnt take too long to realize no employer gave a shit bout them, so now they just hang on wall......a pleasant Veterans Day to all....

Comment by Steel Breeze on November 11, 2018 at 9:15am

P.S.....i should note that back then being a Viet Nam combat vet was a detriment to employers....

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 11, 2018 at 11:17am

What's in my wallet? I suppose I'm a bit odd, but I don't not carry pictures or momentoes in mine. I suppose that is in part due to the fact that they can be easily lost or stolen, along with anything else of value carried in that vulnerable place. I prefer to keep images and memories in my heart and mind, where only the ravages of time can spirit them away.

Comment by Ron Powell on November 11, 2018 at 1:25pm

@TC; The discharge papers I carry are not a momento.

They are used as a commercial tool to extract discounts and such from merchants who act like they're doing me a favor while claiming to honor and appreciate my service.

Comment by Tom Cordle on November 11, 2018 at 1:39pm

I wouldn't think much of a merchant who had the gall to ask me to prove I was a vet. But in the world of venal commerce, nothing surprises me. Too many see commerce as strictly a zero-sum game; at its best, it isn't. To wit, the other day I was having lunch and a Navy recruiter came by our table to speak with one of my friends wearing a Vietnam Vet cap. As the recruiter was about to leave, I signed one of my books The Disappearing Cemetery and gave it to him, expecting nothing in return.

When I later went to the counter to pay my bill, they said "It's already taken care of". They didn't say who'd paid, but it was pretty obvious, who had done so. To me, that is the essence of Jesus' message – give expecting nothing in return, and it shall be returned ten-fold. Too bad so many so-called Christians don't seem to have gotten the message.

Comment by Ron Powell on November 11, 2018 at 8:09pm

@TC; "I wouldn't think much of a merchant who had the gall to ask me to prove I was a vet."

Believe me, I don't. But I can understand why they ask for proof of service.

People like Trump would claim to be vets because of attending a private military high school...

Then there are phonies who would buy fatigues from an Army/Navy surplus store and demand the deference shown to vets because they were able to pick the correct sizes f ok r themselves...

Then you have the wannabe wing nuts and romanticists who piss in their pants if they had to pick up a weapon and stand a post in a war zone....

Hucksters and fakers everywhere and of every stripe would attempt to jump on the 10% discount band wagon....

Comment by koshersalaami on November 11, 2018 at 9:31pm

I use my AARP card for that, though I have to say, no one has ever said “Thank you for your age.”


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