The Overlooked Veteran

In honor of Veteran’s Day tomorrow, I saw an ad offering a great discount to active duty military and retired veterans. The only problem is, I don’t fall into either of those categories. I separated from the military after 8 years of service. The people that fall into this category don’t have the ID that retirees get after serving twenty years, and we get none of the privileges, such as getting onto base to shop.┬áIt’s really hard to prove you’re a veteran when you’re separated because I don’t carry a copy of my separation paperwork around with me in my wallet. (Although perhaps I should start.)

I often wonder if people who aren’t affiliated with the military are aware that this section of veterans exists at all. We served, but left honorably before the twenty year mark. There are a lot of us out there, and I wish it was as easy to prove that we served as if we had retired from our branch. Perhaps when someone says “retired”, they group us in? I don’t know. Either way, it’s something that’s nibbled away at me since I left the military. No I’m not active duty, or retired. But I’m still a veteran.

I know. I was adorable right?

Happy Veteran’s day to friends and family that are serving, retired, and separated!