Hello from Missouri. We are new to the site, looking forward to checking out your posts and gear. We spend a lot of time in the Missouri & Arkansas Ozark Region, Camping, Canoeing, Hike/Backpacking & Bicycling in the National Forest areas. If I can answer any of your questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm sure we will have plenty of questions for you as well.
A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, honorably discharged, retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and including his life.'