The most common usage of the term Veteran, is for former armed services personnel. A veteran is one who has served in the armed forces, especially one who has served in combat.
How a country treats those who have sworn an oath to protect & defend its values as outlined in is constituting document, is more descriptive of the collective ideals of its citizens than can ever be expressed in prose or poetry.
African Americans have participated in every war fought by or within the United States. Black veterans from World War I experienced racial persecution on returning to the U.S. from overseas, particularly in Southern cities. Black veterans from World War II continued to be denied equality at home despite President Harry S. Truman’s desegregation of the military after World War II. Black veterans then went on to play a central role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.
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