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Looking for F Marcum

Saw your post from 19 Sept 2011. Are you the guy that used to hang out with Bob Whatley, Carl Meirs, Bernard Ferrington? If that is you old friend, let me know! :)


I would like a copy of my discharge papers. Also would like the date i joined and the date I was discharged thank you David


Veteran.com is not affiliated with the VA or Federal government. You need to contact the VA.


My wife and I are both active duty. We are fist time buyers, but filed for Chapter 13 bankrupcy in 2008. The bankrupcy will be discharge March 2012. Are we eligible to be considered for a VA Loan?


Veteran.com is not affiliated with the VA or Federal government. You need to contact the VA.

A topic off topic, but maybe not off topic.

Would I be stepping on any toes if I introduced a topic here that is reflective of current social trends affecting active duty military, veterans and retired across all walks of life in Americana, discussing serious problems in the American criminal/legal system in particular... but of interest to men in general??
Gunner Retired
(feel free to email privately if clarification is desired)

Off limits topics...

I figure that if you were at the club and could say it without getting into a fist fight or getting slapped, it should be good to go on this website.

Finding Buddies/Friends

Is it possible to do this by searching names?

Finding Buddies/Friends

We are working on an upgrade that will allow you to search by the user's actual name, however that tool is not available yet.

Until then, there are 3 ways to search for Buddies/Friends on Veteran.com:

1. You can click on a hot link in your profile, i.e. "Army" and find all the other registered users who have the same term in that area of their profile.

2. You can search by user name at http://www.veteran.com/search/user

3. You can manually search through the registered users at http://www.veteran.com/profile

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