A damned good question. Lately, we’ve had a bunch of political hacks claim they’re combat vets when they never got outside a secure compound. Yeah, I’m a ‘Nam Vet but sure as hell am not a combat vet. Doesn’t mean I didn’t get shot at, just that I did not slog through the slime chasing Charley or Regulars. Oh yeah. They love to cite their Bronze and Silver Stars – earned for “meritorious service.” That means their bosses wanted to look good by having underlings who “excelled.” At what? Bartending? The term ‘combat veteran’ has led to some heated vet-on-vet action, as recent political candidates have attacked each other’s service in the Global War on Terror in ways that are at best confusing to the outside public and at worst damaging to the civil-military divide overall. More @ When We Say ‘Combat Veteran,’ What Do We Really Mean?