On this Veteran's Day, I want to pay tribute to my favorite veteran. His name was Donald Huber, and he was my father:
Dad joined the Merchant Marine in early 1944 - during World War II - but was not officially recognized as a veteran of that war until 1988. It was in that year that a Federal court ordered that the "Secretary of Air Force abused its discretion in denying active military service recognition to American merchant seaman who participated in World War II".
The government took 44 years to recognize your contribution to the war effort Dad, but I never doubted it for a second.