Veterans : The American War Library

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To commence this overview of veterans, a brief definition to clarify who a veteran is and why they are deserving of support follows. After which information concerning why this population is in need of services and finally what services should be provided.
The American War Library states that a veteran is defined by federal law, moral code and military service as Any person who served for Any length of time in Any military service branch (Coleman, 2008). No matter how a veteran initially entered the service, be it through the draft process or voluntarily, all veterans have served and have made sacrifices to protect and serve the United States of America. Prior to that individual ever becoming a member of the military they were all someone’s newborn infant, a son or a daughter, a child with hopes and dreams, and a young adult with a future life full of possibilities. As a veteran, many do go on to realize their hopes and dreams and to live full and productive lives, it is the fact that a veteran may also face challenges and disabilities, directly linked to their military service, that thwarts their ability to live the lives once possible, that needs to be addressed. No veteran should be left behind or forgotten and all veterans should be empowered, be their wounds visible or invisible, all should be restored to their fullest capacity, for we as a nation owe the veteran for their service and sacrifices. A lot is asked of the men and women who serve our military much
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