The following are brief extracts from our “Five Eyes” coalition partner governments, i.e. Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States prescribing their definition of “What is a Veteran”!
The Australian document is quite lengthy, so click on this URL
Any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who successfully underwent basic training and is honourably discharged. … VAC considers any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who releases with an honourable discharge and who successfully underwent basic training to be a Veteran. Click HERE to read more.
In the UK a military veteran is defined as anyone who has drawn one day’s pay from the Armed Forces. … A veteran is therefore not defined by the length, nature of their service, or when they left. Click HERE to read more.
What is a Veteran? Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonourable.” This definition explains that any individual that completed a service for any branch of armed forces classifies as a veteran as long as they were not dishonourably discharged. However, with regard to applicable benefits, other considerations are important and will be covered in later sections. Click HERE to read more.
Thanks John B for the definitions.