What is a Veteran?
A Veteran is defined by federal law, moral code, and militar service as "Any, Any, Any" ... A military veteran is ANY person who served for ANY length of time in ANY military branch of service (See #1 & #2 below)
What is a War Veteran?
A war veteran is any GI (Government Issue) ordered to forgeign soil or waters to participate in direct or support activity against an enemy. The operant condition: Any Gi sent in harms way.
What is a Combat Veteran?
A combat veteran is any GI who experiences any level of hostility for any duration resulting from offensive, defensive, or friendly fire military action involving a real or perceived enemy in any foreign theater (see #3 below)
1. Veteran's benefits are based on Congressional regulations determined by Honorable Discharge or Under Honorable Conditions status
2. Retirees (either 20+ years service or medical discharge status) are also Veterans. Retirees are usually eligible for supplimentary federal benefits, privileges, and access on military installations, but not necessarily all VA services (some services are maintained by the former military branch), as regulated by Congress
3. Wartime medals define various levels of individual combat involvement, sacrifice and/or valor.
4. (Ret.) or (Retired) may be used by any veteran when stating or publishing his or her rank to indicate they are not on the active list
(Thank you to those who served, continue to serve, for your sacrifices you have made for our Freedom here in the United States of America)