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US veteran of World War I in his original uniform

A veteran (from Latin vetus, meaning "old")[1] is a person who has a long experience in something. The term is most often used to describe people who used to be in the armed forces, especially those who had to fight.

Veterans Associations[change | change source]

United Kingdom[change | change source]

In 1921 was founded the The Royal British Legion

United States[change | change source]

In the aftermath of the American Revolution Army and Navy Officers formed the Society of the Cincinnati

In the aftermath of the US Civil War Veterans from the opposing sides formed their own Associations:

  • Union
    • Military Order of the Loyal Legion
    • Grand Army of the Republic
  • Confederate:
    • United Confederate Veterans

In the aftermath of the Spanish-American War of 1898 Veterans formed Associations which still exists as Veterans of Foreign Wars

In the aftermath of World War I Veterans formed the American Legion

In addition:

  • AMVETS [American Veterans organization, also "American Veterans of WW2 and Korea", and later vietnam, et al]
  • DAV [Disabled American Veterans organization-for Veterans who have disabled in the service of their country]
  • Marine Corps League [United States Marine Veterans organization]
  • Veterans organizations are also made up in regard to different branches of the armed services - such as the Army; Navy, USMC or USAF or by units such as ships or Divisions or Regiments

References[change | change source]

  1. Merriam Webster Dictionary "Veteran" Check |url= value (help).  Unknown parameter |Accessdate= ignored (|accessdate= suggested) (help)