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Fri., March 28, 2008, 9:04 a.m.

Navy Denies Buck Knife Gift To Local Service Members

Item: Navy blocks knife giveaway: Rule places $20 limit on value a service member can accept as a gift/Marc Stewart, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: As far as the U.S. Navy is concerned, the Buck stops here. Veterans of the Iraq War are being told they can't receive a commemorative Buck knife as a "thank you" for their service and sacrifice. "Someone put up a red flag and said we can't do it," said Lt. Troy Gilbert, a member of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion based out of Hayden. "There's a $20 limit in value that a service member can accept as a gift. These knives are valued at $103." Gilbert said roughly 40 reservists were going to each receive a special knife made by Buck Knives during an April 5 ceremony.

Question: Is the Navy going overboard here in denying this nice gift to worthy service men and women?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.