No difference. I just felt like writing it a different way. Ending it with 12 months sounds cooler to me.
Once again we're still trying to clarify when the start time began recording character's activity to further clear up the questions you guys have.
IF anything the reason that 90% of the people who should have the veteran rank do not is that it started "recording" at the live update, so if this is indeed the case there would be NO one at this rank for at least another few months MINIMUM. Also, there was an 11 page thread on this very same thing on the RU patch note forums, and how GM were suspected or caught handing out ranks indiviually to people and there was a hotfix for the problem.
The thing is you guys test this stuff out, but yet fail to research existing data on these patches from the RU mistakes and see if they were corrected on the one you recieved, I guess it is better to buddy up with an MMO based site and let them play around on it and make videos and stuff instead.
The truly sad thing about this is not for one second I do not question the possibility of GM giving people the veteran rank themselves, since I know for a fact GM in open beta have given people Legendary GT equipment to people that never had it and a dreadnaught to someone that I know had no possibility on obtaining it and one day shows up with it, and HIGHLY suspect there have been other mounts and other cash shop items given out as well in the past several months.
The problem with this is you have many "veterans" that can pretty much tell who and who should not have the rank and you didn't think it would be a big deal but it is.