Someone who served in the military from 1964 to 1975 is considered a Vietnam Era vet. And there are other designated dates when someone is considered a war time veteran. But a lot of people served when there wasn't a declared war so they fall into a different category.
Henry Butts was working for a university at 32 years old when America stood still on 9/11. Less than a month later he enlisted in the Marine Corp.
"My three deployments were all combat zone deployments and you have to be able to focus on the mission and I'm here today because I was able to think about why I was really there."
Garrett Sullivan postponed college to enlist as an army airborne ranger right out of high school at 17.
"I wanted to become a soldier and fight for my country."
Both Sullivan and Butts are considered war time vets because at least part of their service was during a declared war --- even if they weren't in a combat zone.
But tens of thousands of men and women also signed up to defend their country --- a war just didn't break out during their service.
Peacetime veterans don't get all of the benefits wartime vets do.
"If you signed to serve your country and get out and be a veteran, you should have same things I have."
In Florida both peace time and war time vets can receive property tax exemptions, some education deferments and employment preferences.
But only war time vets can receive combat related payment for injuries and are exempt from certain taxes and fees for occupational licenses.
In Georgia war time vets get preference for civil service jobs. They can also be admitted into a state veterans' home for health care.
Peace time vets don't receive those benefits.
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