VETERANS INVITED TO WEAR MILITARY UNIFORMS TO MASS
Our Worthy Chaplain and Holy Family Pastor, Fr. Gerry Creedon, has invited the Veterans of the parish to wear their uniforms on the weekend of 11 and 12 November this year. Note: If not wearing a uniform, consider wearing service related apparel, such as a shirt or jacket to show that you served.
Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day. In 1938, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day. (http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-veterans-day)
It is common to see Veterans on Fourth of July, Veteran's Day, and Memorial Day parades wearing their uniform. Military family members and close friends getting married, buried, graduating or retiring will also bring out the proud retirees in their uniforms.
There are some rules retirees and veterans must follow in order to adhere to proper military rules and courtesies.
Retiree and Veteran Differences
The rules states that retirees can wear their uniform. To be a retired veteran, one must have served 20 years or more to get that title. However, there are medically retired service members who were injured in the line of duty who also rate the uniform as a retired military member once a civilian.
Veterans are members who served but did not accumulate 20 years of service, however, they may also wear the uniform but only in special, formal occasions.
The Rules for Veterans and Retirees
The rules for wearing military uniforms as a retired military member or a discharged veteran are similar for all the services. There are certain rules for those seeking to wear the uniform for formal functions, national holidays, parades, military funerals and weddings and other military occasions. Only the Service Dress Uniform can be worn. No work, Battle Dress Uniform (BDU), or PT uniform shall be worn by retired or veteran members.
Typical places and events where the uniform is prohibited to be worn by discharged and retired members of the military
No Anti-Government Events: At any meeting or demonstration which is anti-government in nature.
No Political Events: During political activities, private employment or commercial interests, when an inference of official sponsorship for the activity could be drawn.
Special Permissions Only: Except when authorized by competent Service authority, a veteran or retired military member cannot wear the uniform when participating in activities such as public speeches, interviews, picket lines, marches, rallies or any public demonstration (including those pertaining to civil rights), which may imply Service sanction of the cause for which the demonstration or activity is conducted.
No Civil/Criminal Court Appearances: You cannot wear the uniform as a veteran or retired member of a service branch when in court. Also, you cannot wear the uniform if in such situations that it would bring discredit upon the Armed Forces.
Rules of Each Branch of Service
Retired military members and honorably discharged veterans may wear the US Military uniform on certain occasions. This authority is authorized by Federal law (10 USC, 772). It allows certain veterans and retirees to wear the US Military uniform, as prescribed by the individual services.
In all cases, veterans and retirees can wear the rank and insignia currently in use, or the rank and insignia in use at the time of their discharge/retirement, but cannot mix the two.
Note: Any individual wearing a U.S. Military uniform is expected to reflect the high personal appearance standards and esprit de corps that the U.S. Military in uniform represent. To this end, particular attention will be paid not only to the correct and military wear of uniform components, but also to the individual’s personal and physical appearance. All personnel exercising the privilege of wearing a US Military service or dress uniform will comply fully with their service's grooming and weight control standards. (https://www.thebalance.com/military-uniforms-by-retirees-veterans-3356978)