Yes, I am a veteran.

I had to go to a New York State office today and fill out some paperwork. One of the questions on the form asked if I was a veteran. I checked, yes. I was in the National Guard from Jan. 1970 to July 1976. Then I went to see a person in the office who told me that I am not a veteran. That’s because you need to have at least 60 days of active duty and all I have was my basic training that they counted (122 days). I have an Honorable Discharge but my 6+ years of meetings was not good enough to even be classified as a vet. I wasn’t even asking for any benefits.