There is not a degree in veteranism if you are not one. Either you are or you are not.
But if you are a veteran, I feel as if , and other veterans should feel the same, that there is degrees to being a veteran.
I would imagine possibly the family to those veterans feel there is a degree of veteranism as well.
Have you been in the fighting? Directly on the front lines of or from an attack from an enemy?
Have you seen the outcome of the fighting? As a medic or a doctor or one who cares for our nation’s injured?
Are you family of one who lost life or limb from the fighting? Have you got word that your loved one is gone or comes back not whole?
I can only imagine how life changing these events would be….
There is your degree. There is the difference in being a true veteran and just being a veteran by name.
I am a veteran by name in that I have served my country in the Armed Forces and I have also suffered loss because I lost my father inVietnam.
I will still always tip my hat and honor our fallen and handicapped, mentally and physically, to the true veterans of this Country, including my Dad.
As I have seen it written:
All have given some, some have given all.
But if you have truly given, then you are truly a veteran.
And I salute you.