A Veteran — whether active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or reserve — is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of "up to, and including life".
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
“You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other; our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That is to help each other and not hurt each other. And sometimes to help them we have got to help ourselves. So that we will know that they are around in the first place. It's a big world out there with enough pain and misery in it without me going around and helping it out by hurting myself and consequently, those that care about me. What I am trying to get across to you is please take of yourselves and those that you love because that is what we are hear for, that's all we got, and that is all we can take with us. Are you with me?” -Stevie Ray Vaughn