Having the status of a protected veteran means you are protected by the federal government from discrimination when re-entering the civilian workforce. It means that veterans can’t be discriminated against based on their military service. It also means that if the veteran has suffered a disability during service, then reasonable requirements should be made to allow them to continue working.
There are many reasons why one may need to find a veteran’s military records, such as for burials, benefits when the person has passed away, or even for replacing lost family files. Requesting military records is free, but there are several different ways to request them.
If you’re not familiar with the military or its terms, you may think that a veteran and retired military veteran are the same thing. The layman's definition of a veteran means to do something for a long time; however, for the armed forces, these two things mean different things.
For technical purposes, the only requirements for being a veteran is being enlisted in the military for any length of time and being discharged with anything besides dishonorable. However, not every veteran receives benefits. Different benefits require different amounts of time served.