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A veteran is one who has served in wars for his or her country. In the United States, veterans are specially honored on Veterans Day, and Memorial Day.

In Ancient Rome, veterans were a keystone of the nascent political, quasi-feudal system: especially in the Roman Republic, a general would bind his soldiers to him by promises of land and the spoils of war, and rely upon them for political support later on. Pompey, for example, made efficient political use of his veterans.


All military servicemen make a vow: "I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

To support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so help us God.


  • "What Is A Veteran? A Veteran - whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve – is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to, and including his life.” That is honor. And there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact!" -- Anonymous
  • "For when we come home, either standing or dead, to know you remember we fought and we bled is payment enough, and with that we will trust. That we mattered to you as you mattered to us." -- Standing Guard by Michael Marks

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