Des·ig·nat·ed A·mer·i·can
deziɡnādəd / əˈmerəkən

A United States citizen with Veteran[i] status and dependents; currently serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces and dependents; surviving dependents of a fallen service member.

[i] Definition

By statute a veteran is defined as a “person who served in the active (U.S.C. Title 10) military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” 38 U.S.C. § 101(2); 38 C.F.R. § 3.1(d)

Active service in this case means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service; or as a commissioned officer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or its predecessors.

There are additional elements to the above.

If one enlisted/commissioned on or after Sep. 7, 1980 there are certain length of service requirements. A service member must have completed their obligation (Tour/Contract) of U.S.C. Title 10 (T10) (Active Duty) service with an under conditions other than dishonorable, or at least 24 consecutive months of T10. Unless: certain hardship discharges, service-connected disability discharge or death. 38 U.S.C. § 5303A(b); 38 C.F.R. § 3.12a(a)(1)