From Our Director: Who is a Veteran
by Carl Castro
The United States’ definition of a veteran defies common sense. Not everyone who serves in the U.S. military is a veteran.
For example, if you served two, three or four combat tours, screwed up and used marijuana over the weekend and then tested positive for THC the following Monday, you could be kicked out of the military with a bad conduct discharge or worse. You would be ineligible to receive any VA or state benefits, and most nonprofits who support veterans couldn’t provide much assistance either. You are not a veteran.
Similarly, a National Guardsman or Reservist who might have […]