Veteran Status in BC2

Back in the days I was able to unlock my BF veteran status to level 12 with the help of EA Support, thus unlocking the M1 Garand for me. But after the EA server shutdown and account status migration to Project Rome, I lost my veteran status. I’m wondering if there’s a way to unlock M1 Garand for people like me right now, can admin/mod in this forum help users do that? I really wanna keep the Garand, sometimes I saw people with a Garand in game these days so I don’t believe it’s an absolutelty unavoidable issue for every BF Veteran.