Who is a veteran?
Anyone who has been given a valid discharge upon separation from active duty military service may be considered a veteran. Prior to about 1950 discharges were issued by the respective military branch of service. In approximately 1950, the Department of Defense standardized the discharge certificate and established the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty.

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1. Who is a veteran?
2. How do I know if I am eligible for veterans' benefits?
3. What is active military service?
4. What if I don't know where my discharge certificate (DD-214) is?
5. If my spouse dies before me can he/she be buried in a Veteran's Cemetery?
6. How long after discharge can I wait before using my Education Benefits?
7. How do I obtain a Certificate of Eligibility for a VA Home Loan Guaranty?
8. Should I seek the assistance of an accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) and why?
9. How do I find an accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO)?