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    USAF Veterans, servicemembers not in uniform may now salute flag

    Veterans, servicemembers not in uniform may now salute flag

    While this occured approximately 3 years ago, little had been said or known about this.

    8/14/2007 - WASHINTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and service personnel not in uniform to salute the flag.

    Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and service members not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.

    "The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service," Senator Inhofe said. "Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform.
    "Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and service personnel alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not."

    "I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others."

    This Bill was passed July 25, 2007.
    Juan C Fernandez
    USAF 1982 - 1988
    Hooyah

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    The man with the plan  The First 100 TX Wide Glide's Avatar
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    Thanks. I never knew that. I rarely see a vet out of uniform salute the flag.

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    American Legion was the only opposition to the law. You can find this and more information at; http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/default.aspx

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    I take great pride in the fact that I can salute "Old Glory" when she passes by in a parade or at any function. I also stand a salute when the nationl anthem is played. Nothing more goes up my backside when I see people that don't remover thier headgear when these two thing happen. I just wanna go over and beat the s_ _t out of them. My wife reminds me that I fought and gave them the right to be ignorant and do as they please. I think the think that bothers me most is, I see lots of Vets that will not even stand when the flag goes by, never mind salute or remover thier headgear. So I will continue to salute as its my earned right and let people look at me like I be out of my mind. They will never know what an honor it is to salute our flag.

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    This is great, i did hear about this when it passed, and always salute when not in uniform.
    " There is no excuse to go about your business in a half-hearted way. We are only alive for a finite number of days, and we're poorer for every hour that we spend in soft-hearted pursuits."

    Dino

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