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My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?

 
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My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
She was in the Army and gave a blue cap. I really like it and I think it looks cool. Will I get ostracized for wearing it in public even though I never enlisted?

I won't brag about it, I just wanna go to the store and its the only clean hat I have now.

I know stolen valor is illegal and I dont wanna show up on those youtube channels.

I saw a fake Army dude walking his dog in ACU with vans on, a leather belt and he told the real Army officer his dog was a 'standard issue tactical dog"! LIKE WTF!!! XD
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If it says veteran on it, don’t wear it.
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?

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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
If it says veteran on it, don’t wear it.
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While I'd generally agree with your statement, wearing vintage military fatigues does NOT automatically qualify as "stolen valor", especially if it's a descendant wearing something that honors a deceased family member.

Immediately after every war [and sometimes even during them], it was very common for Fathers to give their young sons their dogtags to wear and nobody squawked about it... but in these too-PC times, you can rest assured that today somebody would do just that.

I never served in the armed forces [I'm a retired civil servant] but have worn khakis for over 50 years because they are frequently 100% Cotton and wear like Iron itself. And as long as all patches/unit insignia are removed from those garments there is nothing at all wrong with wearing them.

Shop in any of the now rare Army surplus stores [there used to be scads of them in towns with a nearby military installation] and you'll find that 99% of what's offered have already been stripped down accordingly. In fact, there's always one case full of just patches, insignia, medals and bars all sold separately... as they should be.

Stolen valor means simply impersonating a soldier and attempting to convince others that you have been/are a service member. In that regard, a teenager can most definitely wear a garment saying "Veteran" because only an idiot would think he actually could be one. Of course, it's a very DIFFERENT matter if that item is deliberately worn to demean the military or national pride. EXAMPLE: I still have a huge problem seeing underwear bearing an American flag, or any clothing insulting same.

Perhaps in addition to "stolen Valor" we need another catch-phrase such as "innocent intent"!

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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
If you’re not taking discounts while wearing it & immediately point out to anyone who comments on it that’s it’s in honor of your cousin you’ll be fine OP. Good for you being proud of her service. A few may give you a hard time but an Army veteran gave you the hat, ask her how she feels about you wearing it.
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
I like some of the military clothing but won't buy and wear because I do not want to disrespect the military
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If you’re not taking discounts while wearing it & immediately point out to anyone who comments on it that’s it’s in honor of your cousin you’ll be fine OP. Good for you being proud of her service. A few may give you a hard time but an Army veteran gave you the hat, ask her how she feels about you wearing it.
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I like some of the military clothing but won't buy and wear because I do not want to disrespect the military
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Is not a problem unless you claim that you earned.
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If it says veteran on it, don’t wear it.
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^^^^This

Also, if it is unique to an enlisted person and/or bears a rank or would otherwise accuracy identify you in ANY WAY as being enlisted or formerly enlisted, I would proudly display it at home.

Stolen valor is dirty business you dont want to accidentally get caught up in.

Wearing digital camo, army boots, etc... that stuff is all cool. Its readily available to the general public. People like to play army man, it truely is a show of respect.

Put on a metal or other ranking identification and it stops becoming fun. Im not even sure you can put a name or branch on fatigues.

Personally, camo pants is far as Im willing to go
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
Just so long as it has nothing related to Airborne/Special Operations -- I see no problem with it

only those of us who EARNED that have the right to wear those things

If I see anybody with that on I'll talk to them, and they had better have been with one of those units --

if not qualified to wear it, they won't have it for long
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
What a bunch azzholes.

Wear whatever the fuk u want.

Wear a Purple Heart cuz u like the design.

Fuk these commies telling u what to wear.

Stolen Valor is not a dress code.

Good gosh people....it's getting hard to care if you all die of a virus, your
Stoopidity is going to kill us all anyway.
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
army surplus sells all kinds of shit doofus

many vets dumped their gear after vietnam era in protest

its legal to buy it and wear it for halloween costumes

but if you were born here, you'd know all this

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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
Just so long as it has nothing related to Airborne/Special Operations -- I see no problem with it

only those of us who EARNED that have the right to wear those things

If I see anybody with that on I'll talk to them, and they had better have been with one of those units --

if not qualified to wear it, they won't have it for long
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You’re not smart enough to discern intent & react accordingly?
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
She was in the Army and gave a blue cap. I really like it and I think it looks cool. Will I get ostracized for wearing it in public even though I never enlisted?

I won't brag about it, I just wanna go to the store and its the only clean hat I have now.

I know stolen valor is illegal and I dont wanna show up on those youtube channels.

I saw a fake Army dude walking his dog in ACU with vans on, a leather belt and he told the real Army officer his dog was a 'standard issue tactical dog"! LIKE WTF!!! XD
 Quoting: stonedbroski


Hey OP I think you will be okay as long as you don't try to claim anything. If a veteran asks you about the hat or your service. Be honest. Tell them you were given the hat by a friend and you wear it to honor them. Most will be cool and understand this. If you are still offending their better sensibilities then just remove the hat.
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If it says veteran on it, don’t wear it.
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^This
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
I like some of the military clothing but won't buy and wear because I do not want to disrespect the military
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Is not a problem unless you claim that you earned.
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i think if you aren't military and never have been, that wearing official military garb is stolen valor


unless you are paying homage to a family member or friend
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Military clothing should have insignia removed. Wearing any medals or ribbons you haven't earned is a crime.
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People fought and died for your right to wear that hat. Go for it.
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What a douche
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What a bunch azzholes.

Stolen Valor is not a dress code.

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Well, it is a crime though. So there's that.

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I wouldn't. Old people wear those when going out and are proud of them.
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It will be considered stolen valor.
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
OP you probably stole the hat and purloined lingerie too

army surplus is chock full of khaki and camo for decades

if you want the best boots, rucksacks, hiking canteens, sleeping bags, that's where you go

unless you are bill ayres wannabe and you wear army gear while throwing molotovs for Mayday to pull a false flag.

we'll be watching for the bogtrotters on the first o'may
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and the smart folk quit buying surplus desertcamo after 2003

because DU rounds and dust residues...it might be a bit hot

the older green issue is safer

you gonna whine about descendants buying Civil War officer sabers to wear for CSA battle reenactments too?
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
She was in the Army and gave a blue cap. I really like it and I think it looks cool. Will I get ostracized for wearing it in public even though I never enlisted?

I won't brag about it, I just wanna go to the store and its the only clean hat I have now.

I know stolen valor is illegal and I dont wanna show up on those youtube channels.

I saw a fake Army dude walking his dog in ACU with vans on, a leather belt and he told the real Army officer his dog was a 'standard issue tactical dog"! LIKE WTF!!! XD
 Quoting: stonedbroski


You can buy army gear on ebay. It is fine to wear.
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Military clothing should have insignia removed. Wearing any medals or ribbons you haven't earned is a crime.
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Yep, the clothes are fine, valor is about the medals and patches.
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
it is not ok. However it is fine to put it in a place of honor in your home
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
As others have said you can be in full camo with the hat just don't be wearing other people's names/medals/patches.

and if someone asks if you are Military just be honest and say "I support my military"

Nothing wrong with that but just don't act like you are a soldier, so many dweebs lie and say they are to impress.
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Nobody cares about a hat or a shirt, or pants, or boots. But... when you wear them all at once it starts to look look like you are pretending to be something you are not. It takes more than one item to make up a uniform. Some of these stolen valor tards go a little overboard after their whole 4 years.
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Re: My cousin gave me her Army Veterans cap, is it ok if I wear it in public or is it considered stolen valor?
She was in the Army and gave a blue cap. I really like it and I think it looks cool. Will I get ostracized for wearing it in public even though I never enlisted?

I won't brag about it, I just wanna go to the store and its the only clean hat I have now.

I know stolen valor is illegal and I dont wanna show up on those youtube channels.

I saw a fake Army dude walking his dog in ACU with vans on, a leather belt and he told the real Army officer his dog was a 'standard issue tactical dog"! LIKE WTF!!! XD
 Quoting: stonedbroski


If it isn't uniform, clothing issued by that branch of the US military, it's just a cap. If it is issued, you cannot wear it, or shouldn't if you respect your cousin and her service.





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