As a son of a man who gave 48 years of faithful service (WW2/Ko/VN & Civil Service) to the US Army, and as a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, poor misinformed people like Mr. Rich Grant upset me.
“As far as I know, the Confederacy was not part of the United States or one of its allies.”
Once upon a time, after Vietnam, returning soldiers received the same style treatment as does Confederate Veterans do in today’s PC climate – that of hate, bias, discrimination, and pure vitriol. Mr. Rich Grant can just be as smart assed as he wants, however, while he may deem it unpopular, he must conform to official orders from his commanders…
Confederate veterans were afforded status equal to that of United States veterans by an act approved by the Congress of the United States of America on May 23, 1958, and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in accordance with Public Law 85-425, thereby amending the Veterans’ Benefit Act of 1957
US Law that defines status of Confederate Veterans
Public Law 85-425 adopted May 23, 1958 as H.R. 358
To increase the monthly rates of pension payable to widows and former widows of deceased veterans of the Spanish-American War, Civil War, Indian War, and Mexican War, and provide pensions to widows of veterans who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War…
CONFEDERATE FORCES VETERANS
Sec. 410. The Administrator shall pay to each person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War a monthly pension in the same amounts and subject to the same conditions as would have been applicable to such… if such forces had been service in the military or naval service of the United States.
Sec. 2. This act shall be effective from the first day of the second calendar month following its enactment.
Approved May 23, 1958.
Let us further remind Mr. Rich Grant that VA Burial rights are also extended to Confederate Veterans – such are part of the reason there are Confederate Soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Hopefully his descendants 150 years from now won’t be so hateful and discriminatory to his memory.
Thanks And God Bless