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Old 09-29-2018, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Of course you're a veteran--and by the very definition you cited.

You are, however, not a combat veteran.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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I don’t concider myself a veteran, I have DD214 and an Honerable Discharge from the Navy. I was discharged as an E-1 right after graduating boot camp. Went from boot to what they called an out going unit. Basically sitting around waiting on paperwork to go home for a month. I was allergic to wool
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:53 AM
Status: "I can retire today...but I love my job so...." (set 10 days ago)
 
Location: USA
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I donít concider myself a veteran, I have DD214 and an Honerable Discharge from the Navy. I was discharged as an E-1 right after graduating boot camp. Went from boot to what they called an out going unit. Basically sitting around waiting on paperwork to go home for a month. I was allergic to wool
That must have been tough for you to process at the time. I'm sorry that life threw this curve at you.
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Old 10-01-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I do too...it's not like I sit and argue with people. It doesn't change that fact that I feel non-deserving slightly.

Anyway, please answer the question.
My Grandfather expressed similar sentiments despite having served in active combat and being wounded. So I think its a sentiment borne of knowing others that have sacrificed a lot more than you may have; the rub is that nearly anyone that served knows others that paid much more dearly than they.

To answer your question, I always took it to mean someone that served active duty.
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Old 10-01-2018, 11:24 PM
 
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I donít concider myself a veteran, I have DD214 and an Honerable Discharge from the Navy. I was discharged as an E-1 right after graduating boot camp. Went from boot to what they called an out going unit. Basically sitting around waiting on paperwork to go home for a month. I was allergic to wool
I do consider you a veteran. You completed boot camp, which in my opinion is the minimum to be one. You got discharged through no fault of your own right after.

But that is crazy, allergic to wool.
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Old 10-02-2018, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Title 38 defines a veteran as "...a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable."

There are obviously different levels in people's minds for what they consider a veteran.

Personally, I served 6 years in the National Guard with no activation and fall into that odd grey area of being honorably discharged, yet not having enough active service to really count as anything. I get tense when people thank me for serving mostly because I don't feel I did anything.

What is your own personal definition of a veteran regardless of Title 38?
For federal medical benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, prior to 7 September 1980 the veteran must have served at least 180 days of active duty, after the above-mentioned date the veteran must have served at least 24 months.

So above is how I define a "veteran" (minimum requirements)

I know a person who got injured in boot camp, and he said he too was a veteran. I don't think he is.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:00 PM
 
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If you qualify for VA benefits at the lowest level of eligibility... then you're a vet. Combat or otherwise. If you qualify for a military burial with Honor Guard and a VA headstone, then you're a vet. Don't worry about the armchair policy makers.

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Old 10-07-2018, 12:08 PM
 
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Technically my ex-wife could call herself a veteran but chooses not to. She made it through Navy boot camp and was nearly finished her school when she received a hardship discharge because her dad was dying. To me one should not call themselves a veteran unless they served at least one deployment active duty and wasnít OTH or DH discharge. Problem with that is some never serve on a deployment. Some stay stateside as a desk jockey or some other job not directly related to combat. Guess the veteran would have to have at least gotten through any schools after boot camp and arrived at their first duty station.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:13 PM
 
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I do consider you a veteran. You completed boot camp, which in my opinion is the minimum to be one. You got discharged through no fault of your own right after.

But that is crazy, allergic to wool.
Worked in the engine room of a steam driven ship. One BT (boiler tech) didnít know he was claustrophobic until he climbed into the steam drum (over an inch thick steel). He panicked and thrashed to the point of breaking his arm and knocking himself out. Discharge. In Navy Nuclear school we had a guy discharged because of a sleeping disorder. He never should have made it through boot camp. His roommates could only wake him by tossing him in a cold shower.
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Old 10-07-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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For federal medical benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, prior to 7 September 1980 the veteran must have served at least 180 days of active duty, after the above-mentioned date the veteran must have served at least 24 months.

So above is how I define a "veteran" (minimum requirements)

I know a person who got injured in boot camp, and he said he too was a veteran. I don't think he is.
Our company lost a soldier to a training accident I feel that if an injury occurred while doing your job, even before graduation from a course then yes you are a veteran.
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