Friday, August 24, 2007

Not-in-Uniform Veterans Can Now Salute the Flag

I am on the move and the overseas trip is still pending. I will make an entry here every chance I get. Thanks for "tuning in"....

I received the following from two of my fellow Iraq war veterans. I don't know the original source. Interesting article.


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla..) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag. "The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service," Senator Inhofe said.

"Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform. "Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not.

"I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others."

This Bill was passed July 25, 2007. Let your veteran friends know about the passage of this Bill.


God bless America.

SFC Chuck Grist


  1. I was shocked when I first read this - as I have seen vets salute the flag most of my life. Good that it is legal now...

    Keep us posted on your agenda!!

  2. Glad to hear from you again. I don't comment much but check in dailey.

  3. Thanks for posting this answer. I think it's important for veterans to give a military salute during the pledge. it's important for civilians to be reminded that veterans are all around them and that we have contributed to keeping America free. It reminds them that freedom has a price, and that their fellow men and women step up and serve and sacrifice for them. It puts a personal face on the service veterans have given. Personally, it really renews my pride and patriotism.

  4. FYI, This Bill has been passed by the Senate, but it still needs to go thru the House of Representatives, and then the President. Since it passed the Senate Unanimously, I don't think there should be a problem. Go Rangers! You are America's real heroes.