What is the Meaning of Military Veteran?

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Military veterans are men and women who have undergone an honorable discharge from the United States Armed fForces. Men and women who receive "other than honorable" discharges do not receive veteran status. Military veterans receive various benefits.

Disability Benefits

If the Armed Forces has honorably discharged him, a veteran injured during active duty may receive disability benefits. The amount paid to the veteran depends on the disability, and the benefits are tax free. The veteran must submit VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension, to the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to apply for benefits, and she should attach any discharge or separation papers, dependency records, doctors' reports and hospital records if possible.


An honorably discharged veteran may receive a pension. He must also have served at least 90 days of active military service, and one of those days must have fallen during a period of war. Those who entered active duty after September 7, 1980, must have served at least 24 months or the full period ordered to active duty. Their countable family income must remain below a yearly limit set by law. The yearly limit varies depending on the veteran's number of dependents. The veteran must have reached the age of 65 or older or be totally disabled. The disability must not result from the veteran's own misconduct. A veteran unsure of her qualifications may still apply for benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs will determine qualifications and notify the veteran.

Burial Allowance

An honorably discharged veteran may receive a plot in a national cemetery if one is available. His family may receive a flag and a Presidential Memorial Certificate. From time to time, legislative changes regarding headstones and medallions may apply. A veteran or her family should submit an application to the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Once the agency receives the application, the Department of Veterans Affairs will determine qualifications and contact the veteran or her family.

Discounts for Veterans

Many stores, restaurants, airlines, hotels and other businesses offer special discounts for veterans; discounts vary depending on the retailer. Businesses advertise discounts more often during a time of war or battle. A veteran wishing to receive a discount should ask the business owner or manager whether the business offers a discount to veterans. The veteran will usually need to show identification to verify that he is a United States veteran in order to receive the discount.

Veteran's Day

Every year on November 11, cities and towns celebrate Veterans Day, a special day honoring all military veterans. Cities and towns celebrate with parades, banners and flags. Veterans typically wear their uniforms to their churches on the Sunday closest to Veterans' Day. Families and other groups have special gatherings to celebrate the holiday. These celebrations often include a moment of silence, usually a full minute, to honor veterans who have died.



About the Author

Tina Truelove began writing in 2010, contributing to various websites. She has a Georgia teaching certificate and holds a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from North Georgia College & State University.

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