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Comment by Dave Gettman on June 8, 2010 at 1:40pm
Thanks Harry. You got me to checking out my state benefits also, and I found out that my youngest (now23) can get free schooling from any Washington college, community college, etc., until he is 26 under my VA 100% rating. All tuition, supplies, everything is free.

Every year I get reduced fee (practically free) hunting and fishing licenses. I also got free Disabled Veteran license plates for life. No more buying license tabs.

I've got a lifetime free pass to all Washington State parks and all their facilities. I just need to stop by any National Park and get a free lifetime pass to those also.

Instead of paying about $2500 in property taxes every year, I pay less than $300 and it will never go up as long as I'm alive.

These are all benefits through my state, because I'm a disabled veteran. Some are only for 100%, like the property tax and license plates, but most are for 30% and above disability rating. Benefits differ by state, but are worth checking into.

http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/state-veterans-be...
Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 8, 2010 at 1:11pm
I didn't know about the benefits. One of the members at the Legion told me I should check in for help from VA on my spinal, I went over to the VA Hospital in Dallas, the Doctor signed me right in. The 3 days I was there, I think they did every test possible. The group I see here in Dallas has been wonderful, helped me in every thing.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on June 7, 2010 at 8:38pm
Thanks,Harry, I was offered 40% for my knee. When I was much Younger and Bulletproof,I wouldn't accept any weakness. Went to School Kicked Ass and Took Names. Now, I hate even bringing it up,with the guys from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Comment by Harry Warner on June 7, 2010 at 6:40pm
Hi Wayne,
I guess I was focusing more on those who didn't make it a career. Those of us who did our time and got out, only to realize years later how good we had it. Well, speaking for myself, anyway. When I left, I don't remember being told anything about my options. Now that I think about it, I don't think they granted any benefits until after Nam. Minds a bit fuzzy about certain things.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 7, 2010 at 4:54pm
Harry, you are right. I left the service with only loss of hearing with no compensation. They are treating me now for the spinal core injury I had in 2004 and they have really helped me. I am a quadraplegic, left in a wheel chair for the rest of my life. I have to adjust my life to that fact. VA has helped me in more ways than one.
Comment by Harry Warner on June 7, 2010 at 4:27pm
I realize that most members here are aware of their benefits and rights for serving in the military but in case anyone is not, let me relay what my VA rep told me: Anyone, regardless of physical condition, meaning you don't have to be disabled or have a military related issue, is qualified for military health benefits. There are certain requirements, such as income limits (but they are easy to qualify) and the years in service. That relates to VietNam era vets, and so forth. I think this issue is important for veterans in our age brackets because most of us got out without any medical issues(not counting all the days we lost due to our own after hour activities.) I don't know if this is news to anyone but if it is, I'd be happy to answer any questions, if I could, or you could speak with your local VFW. My phone # is on my page.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on June 4, 2010 at 5:06pm
I knew that pic wasn't taken 'round here(NC Coast)- it's 90 today! We used to Spiderman over the barbed wire in Hof- the easiest place was the back gate,but you had to time it right,if anyone saw you walking in that direction in civvies- they knew what was going on.
Comment by Dave Gettman on June 4, 2010 at 4:59pm
Ya got me, Steve.

Chuck, keep them stories commin'.
Comment by Chuck Cantwell on June 4, 2010 at 4:56pm
That is Mission Beach sea wall in San Diego...the good looking old dog is Oscar. Somehow, Boston got on there as my home. My buddy Handley was from there, suck job as the Chaplain's clerk @ Merrell Barracks which we always called the SS Kasserne, swastikas in the floor of the chapel where we used to drink scotch with the Chaplain. I downloaded an old pic (black&white) and I couldn't figure out what was wrong...when did they take down the big assed wall and barbed wire I had to clime over after bed check? Finding this site has sure got me remembering, and trying to remember, a boatload events and people!
Chuck
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on June 4, 2010 at 4:46pm
Two Words-COLD BEER!
 

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