It is historical fact that war veterans have typically received compensation for their service. In fact, Roman soldiers were rewarded when their service was completed with land and/or cash. Thus, there is an established precedence for awarding veterans for their distinguished military service.
Currently, retired U.S. military personnel are awarded death benefits, compensation for retirement, an education bonus, and access to extra insurance not available to civilians. In addition, separated or retired personnel who were injured while on active duty may apply for disability via the Department of Veterans Affairs. State education, vocational and health benefits are also in place for veterans.
While there is access to various government entitlements for veterans, there is also a complex system that administers these benefits. Often, veterans may run into trouble trying to access what they need, and may have to resort to legal council.