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Old 01-31-2014, 02:36 PM
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Does a soldier get body bag detail by asking for it or is it a punishment for messing up?I ask for a reason trying to understand a friends resistance to going to the VA hosp when he has no ins or money and could be treated free he did body bag in Nam also didnt serve full term about 1 1/2 years good friend just trying yo understand ? Thanks
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im prior service...dont really follow your question or what it has to do with the VA. i didnt serve during the war but ive never heard of punishing someone by giving them that detail. the last person i would want handling the heros that die in action is someone deserving "punishment." As for the VA, i can tell you that its more and more difficult for vets to see a dr with all the backlog. Unfortunately, the VA isnt the best place to go for care. Anytime the government gets involved, red tape slows things down to a halt. I hope your friend is doing ok.
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I'm active duty Air Force, 21+ years and still going... I think we'll need some further clarification on what 'body bag detail' is. Handling the remains of our fallen brothers and sisters in arms is NOT punishment. It is an honor to escort one of our fallen and will be done with the utmost dignity and respect. I can't speak for how things were done in Vietnam, but assigning an escort as a means to change a negative behavior will not be tolerated in today's military.

As for the VA, he's earned the care and should take advantage of what the VA can provide. I'd encourage him to go, especially if he's got no other avenue to receive health care.
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From 2x vn vet- the graves registration guys handle the bodies then. It wasn't punishment. It's a tough job to see and handle American dead. Back then it was perhaps even more a emotional event because you couldn't help but wonder why. Plus, the survivor guilt is a heavy load on the living even if it makes no sense. Many don't want to deal with the military or va after.
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I did duty 1962-'66
though i was aboard an aircraft carrier out in the Gulf of Tonkin, we spent a fair amount of time in port in San Diego

Punishment is washing asbestos in the Boiler Room, doing Scullery Duty for more then 3 months, digging pits for the portable crap house out in the field, etc.

Volunteer work has many meanings, you can raise your hand or step forward, or you can be picked, sometimes when a noncom says a need 2 volunteers & 2 enlisted men step forward, it is considered foolish by others. I won't go into detail.
Other times volunteers are picked, you may end up policing up an area on base or in town, you may be washing vehicles, it is not always the best job but it is a needed job

Another way of Volunteering is usually Posted wherever they Post the Plan of the Day
Things that may be posted on that bulletin board are sign up sheet for Duty Driver, permanent Military Police Duty, Master at Arms, or Honor Guard.
Some Religions don't allow practitioners to have anything to do with violence & they are given the choice of being in the Medical Corp or another alternative

Your friend must have been in the Medical Corp & it may not have anything to do with religion

I was a out patient at the VA for several years, until they had to have some cutbacks in funding, at the time of the cutbacks i did have some medical insurance & a steady job & it was determined at first that i could afford to buy my own medicine from the VA, a while later they had further cuts in funding & it was determined that i could afford my own medical services through my job benefits package
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