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LINKS FOR '58ERS

    Many web sites have a "links" page that get you to all sorts of places merely by clicking on a provided URL.  Many will list every known military or academy related site, and lead you to a  wide variety of information.

    This links page is going to start out with a smaller ambition, that of taking you to web sites that have been established by '58ers, or contain information about '58ers.  Each will be preceded by a short description of the web site's contents so you don't have to go surfing to see what the page really contains.  After you have looked at another site, use your browser "Back" button to get back to this page.

Rules for Saluting US Flag

New Law Now Allows Retirees and Vets to Salute Flag

Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag only while wearing their organizationís official head-gear. 

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 contained an amendment to allow un-uniformed servicemembers, military retirees, and veterans to render a hand salute during the hoisting, lowering, or passing of the U.S. flag.

A later amendment further authorized hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel. This was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed on Oct. 14, 2008.

Here is the actual text from the law:

SEC. 595. MILITARY SALUTE FOR THE FLAG DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
                        BY MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES NOT IN
                        UNIFORM AND BY VETERANS.

    Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by
striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new
subparagraphs:
                    ``(A) individuals in uniform should give the
                military salute at the first note of the anthem and
                maintain that position until the last note;
                    ``(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who
                are present but not in uniform may render the military
                salute in the manner provided for individuals in
                uniform; and
                    ``(C) all other persons present should face the flag
                and stand at attention with their right hand over the
                heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should
                remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it
                at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;

Note: Part (C) applies to those not in the military and non-veterans. The phrase "men not in uniform" refers to civil service uniforms like police, fire fighters, and letter carriers -  non-veteran civil servants who might normally render a salute while in uniform.

Vietnam Virtual Wall

Select a state and it will list by city the names of all Vietnam KIA's. You can pull up their profile, etc and print as well.  The 1st page that comes up when you select a name is medals awarded.


http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm

 See Shipmate page for more info on the book.  High praise from Classmates who have read it.

DD-214 On Line

It's official, DD-214's are NOW Online.
 
The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214's online: 

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html

This may be particularly helpful when a veteran needs a copy of his
DD-214 for employment purposes.  NPRC is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.  Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents.  Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180, which can be downloaded from the online web site. Because the requester will be asked to supply all  information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.  The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records centers mailroom and processing time.
 
Please pass this information on to former military personnel you may know and their dependents.

 

Information on Agent Orange

    The following website has detailed information on Veterans Benefits with regard to Agent Orange.

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/benefits/herbicide/