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American Sign Language:  "veteran"



In a message dated 11/8/2010 10:08:25 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, Molly writes:

Hi Bill,
I saw you a while back at the Cal-Ed conf. I do believe. I am now teaching ASL in Riverside area. I was curious on if there is another sign for “Veteran” beside “Past Army”.  The term veteran includes all military which is Marine, Navy…and so on.
Thanks so much.
Keep in touch!!
Molly _________

I tend to spell "V-E-T."   :)
But this brings up an important point.  The sign commonly
labeled as ARMY in books and on websites can also be interpreted as "military" or "soldier."
Thus you wouldn't really be signing "PAST ARMY" you would be signing "PAST MILITARY" -- the signs are the same, the challenge is the labeling system.  At the beginning of your conversation you could introduce the concept of a veteran as being someone who was previously in the military, then for the rest of the conversation it would be more efficient to simply spell "V-E-T."


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