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house Bill H.R. 1384

Allowing Members of the National Guard and Reserves to be Honored as Veterans

Argument in favor

Allowing those who have served in the National Guard or Reserves for over 20 years without being called to active duty to be recognized officially as veterans appropriately honors their service without causing any additional spending.

operaman's Opinion
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11/17/2015
Yes! Yes! It was the NG that were called up multiple time during Iraq and Afghanistan War. Many gave their life and deserve our support
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BTSundra's Opinion
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01/03/2016
If you served the country, you should be honored, plain and simple.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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12/16/2015
The National Guard and reserves deserve the honor of being classified as veterans. Along with this bill, there should be increased funding for the VA, to provide the proper benefits for all previous and current members of the National Guard and reserves.
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Argument opposed

Allowing these servicemembers to be recognized as veterans will eventually cause them to lobby for benefits that veterans from the regular military are entitled to. There’s other ways to honor their service than officially letting them be called veterans.

a.nash.miller's Opinion
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02/17/2016
I don't think people understand this. Even if you aren't active military and you deploy, you are automatically a veteran. If you never deploy, you aren't a veteran. You still get benefits, and the pride of serving your country. Don't change the definition of "veteran" just to make the career desk jockeys feel better. Now, if you want to make a special award just for those who successfully finished out 20+ years if service without deploying, that's fine with me. Don't besmirch the title of "Veteran."
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Nathaniel's Opinion
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11/18/2015
After serving 20 years in the national guard or reserves you can retire from the service which has its own sets of benefits. I object to the time frame rather than the idea of it. Also if you served in Iraq or Afghanistan you are considered a veteran regardless if you were active duty or national guard/reserves.
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Candi's Opinion
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11/17/2015
Never called to active duty? No, I don't think that's a veteran.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • The house Passed November 17th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 407 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs
      Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2015

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What is House Bill H.R. 1384?

This bill would allow those who have served in the National Guard or in the Reserve branches of the military for at least 20 years and were never called to active duty to be officially honored as veterans.

It would not entitle these members of the National Guard or Reserves to any additional federal benefits that they weren’t already eligible to receive, but it would afford states additional flexibility in providing their benefits to those veterans.

Impact

People who have served in the National Guard or Reserves, states, and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1384

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this bill would have no budgetary impact.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) also introduced this legislation during the 113th Congress, saying at the time:

“These men and women took an oath to defend our nation at any cost and have dedicated their lives in service to our country. Many stood at the ready for decades in defense of our nation and the time is now to give them the honor and recognition they have earned and deserve.”

Currently this bill has 132 cosponsors in the House, including 72 Democrats and 60 Republicans. The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved this legislation by voice vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Oregon National Guard)

AKA

Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act

Official Title

To amend title 38, United States Code, to recognize the service in the reserve components of certain persons by honoring them with status as veterans under law.

    Yes! Yes! It was the NG that were called up multiple time during Iraq and Afghanistan War. Many gave their life and deserve our support
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    I don't think people understand this. Even if you aren't active military and you deploy, you are automatically a veteran. If you never deploy, you aren't a veteran. You still get benefits, and the pride of serving your country. Don't change the definition of "veteran" just to make the career desk jockeys feel better. Now, if you want to make a special award just for those who successfully finished out 20+ years if service without deploying, that's fine with me. Don't besmirch the title of "Veteran."
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    If you served the country, you should be honored, plain and simple.
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    The National Guard and reserves deserve the honor of being classified as veterans. Along with this bill, there should be increased funding for the VA, to provide the proper benefits for all previous and current members of the National Guard and reserves.
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    I served both Active and National Guard. The National Guard and Reserves deserve this designation.
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    After serving 20 years in the national guard or reserves you can retire from the service which has its own sets of benefits. I object to the time frame rather than the idea of it. Also if you served in Iraq or Afghanistan you are considered a veteran regardless if you were active duty or national guard/reserves.
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    Why not? We ask people who choose do defend us to do horrific things. We don't seem to be able to give them adequate money to survive. At the very least we should fork over some honor!
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    Yes they should be recognized for their contributions to the United States and to the States that they serve. In addition, if that they will ask for benefits well then let me remove that fear, they should get benefits. When we are short on military personnel we send the National Guard in to war zones. So why wouldn't we treat them the same way we treat the military?
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    Never called to active duty? No, I don't think that's a veteran.
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    Yes, but there should be a recognized distinction between active and non-active.
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    Plenty of National Guardsmen give their lives fighting wars and natural disasters, and thus deserve to be considered veterans. Otherwise, it'd behoove many to consider taking away benefits from veterans who did nothing but sit on a desk chair through their tour.
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    If you didn't serve in the military you are not a veteran.
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    If they never deployed, they are not veterans.
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    Anyone who serves in the National Guard is part of the military and should be recognized as veterans.
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    As a Veteran myself it is a good idea and we should be on the same status as active duty. It is crazy that we have to serve 33 years just to get the same entitlements as if someone served 20 years in the military. We all work together and trained together in the same schools. I would like to see some kind of "Grandfather" clause come to play on this one
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    Yes if they served in combat. They have been used and abused in the Mideast boondoggle with multiple deployments.
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    If you fight you are honored
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    We're we not before?
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    Veterans are those who have pledged their lives for a continuous minimum period of service in their country's armed forces. Signing up for drill weekends and "summer camp" is not equivalent, regardless of the time span.
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    They all serve active duty. basic Training AIT and in Many cases active duty for training.
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