I am an ex-Army Specialist, Persian Gulf Veteran. My job gets lots of letters for donations to help with fund raisers. My boss would like to have me include my former rank in the letters that go out to fund raisers that are for military causes. I don’t have a problem with it but I do want to use it properly.
I was not retired, just honorable discharged. This is what we came up with:
Yolanda Y. White (U.S. Army, E-4 Veteran)
He thought it might be nice for the ones asking for donations for military causes to get a response back from someone who served to show we do understand and our sympathies are with them.
Can you please tell me the correct way to address this?
— Yolanda White
Use of rank/rating is reserved for those who retire. Officers and enlisted personnel who resign their rank/rating are prohibited from using them as a part of their name after their service.
I have blog posts that relate to your situation. This one is about the use of rank by non-retired military personnel.
However you can absolutly describe yourself as a United States Army Veteran in the text of the letter … but just not as a part of your name as would someone who actually served a career and then retired.
– Robert Hickey www.formsofaddress.info