Peace Time and War Time Vets Receive Different Benefits

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

Someone who served in the military from 1964 to 1975 is considered a Vietnam Era vet. And there are other designated dates when someone is considered a war time veteran. But a lot of people served when there wasn't a declared war so they fall into a different category.

Henry Butts was working for a university at 32 years old when America stood still on 9/11. Less than a month later he enlisted in the Marine Corp.

"My three deployments were all combat zone deployments and you have to be able to focus on the mission and I'm here today because I was able to think about why I was really there."

Garrett Sullivan postponed college to enlist as an army airborne ranger right out of high school at 17.

"I wanted to become a soldier and fight for my country."

Both Sullivan and Butts are considered war time vets because at least part of their service was during a declared war --- even if they weren't in a combat zone.

But tens of thousands of men and women also signed up to defend their country --- a war just didn't break out during their service.
Peacetime veterans don't get all of the benefits wartime vets do.

"If you signed to serve your country and get out and be a veteran, you should have same things I have."

In Florida both peace time and war time vets can receive property tax exemptions, some education deferments and employment preferences.

But only war time vets can receive combat related payment for injuries and are exempt from certain taxes and fees for occupational licenses.

In Georgia war time vets get preference for civil service jobs. They can also be admitted into a state veterans' home for health care.
Peace time vets don't receive those benefits.

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    Benefits are sometimes scarce for BOTH. Vets returning from certain Operational specialties Overseas ...scarcely can find JOBs. Let alone many other services. I personally know of many cases , where promised $ College tuition was never delivered , or someone serving in may fields ( from Infantry to Linguist , and Engineer) comes home , just to be told ...youre not qualified to work in a Call Center or sell used cars. Its just another reflection of whats going on all over America today ...those who WANT TO WORK are forced onto Welfare , and those who dont have any desire are PAID FOR. Its a Disgrace. Pay for the Illegal Alien and Foreign National ...Forget those who made America what she was. The Vets , and Working Class.
  • by Alonzo Location: Tallahassee on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    Why must there be a difference, if you serve honorably, you should receive the same benefits as the next guy/girl. Who knows if war/conflict will break out when you sign up in peacetime. Don't penalize those that were lucky that war didn't break out during there time of service.
  • by George Location: Chattahoochee on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    What is a Veteran? A veteran -whether active duty,discharged,retired ,reserve or someone who at one point in there life,wrote a blank check made payable to "the U.S.A."for an amount of up to,and including his life.1SG USA RET.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    Well duh, duh, and DUH! It should be different for war time and peace time. Different risks, different benefits.
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      by Bill on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:43 AM in reply to
      Well duh,duh,DUH did you serve i bet have no idea about what VET`S should get.All of the comments by you all never gave a day for your country!!!!
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        by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to Bill
        I DID serve my country. FWIW, I don't consider myself a hero and I don't feel entitled to special treatment. I just did my job like most Americans do every day.
  • by anon Location: tally on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:48 AM
    There should be a scale of benefits with more going to war-zone soldiers and little or nothing going to anyone serving stateside. Serving one,s country is an obligation, and we don't have enough money to pay for benefits for all who served. Vets serving in wars should be well taken for.
  • by Robert Location: Fl on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:27 AM
    You say and mean you cannot get combat related benefits if you wern't in combat? Go figure that one
  • by Concerned in Madison on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:57 AM
    Send a copy of this story to the the widows and children of the non-combat veterans we left in the desert during Jimmy Carter's failed Iranian hostage rescue. They probably can't get into the American Legion.
  • by Greg Location: tally on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    Who had the idea for this "story"?
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      by Sherry on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:00 AM in reply to Greg
      Served 1977-1981 , USN Navy, Aviation Squadron in middle of Mojave Desert-peacetime. I suppose all those 12-16 hour days we worked to ensure our military& aircraft was always "Operationally Ready" does' t count toward being a true veteran? Although there was no war going on at that time, who was protecting and making sure our country was prepared to fight in case we were attacked?
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