What exactly is the definition of a veteran?
You raise an interesting question that unfortunately has many different answers. For example Dictionary.com defines a veteran as:
a person who has had long service or experience in an occupation, office, or the like: a veteran of the police force; a veteran of many sports competitions.
As a practical matter when discussing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits the definition of a veteran is “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.”
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