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Publication Date

4-16-2017

Abstract

President Kennedy famously stated at his inaugural address: “Ask not ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Throughout our years as a nation, handfuls of men and women have heard the calling to serve in the United States of America’s armed forces. While serving in the military may be an arduous process, transitioning back into the civilian world can be onerous as well. Although the former service member may be returning to a familiar land, many are now returning with unique and stressful experiences, making transitioning to civilian life a difficult process. This paper will discuss aspects of what it means to be a veteran, who is a veteran, and potential benefits for veterans, with an emphasis on disability compensation.

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