Yesterday a woman of my acquaintance referred to herself as a "Korean War Veteran" which sort of surprised me. She was just over 18 when the Korean Conflict began and just over 21 when it ended. She served in the Air Force Reserve and was never deployed outside the U.S. Without denigrating the invaluable service of Reserve forces in all branches of the military, her terminology is a little troubling to me. When I hear the terms "Iraqi veteran", "World War II veteran", "Vietnam War veteran", or "Korean War veteran" I think of people who actually served in those theaters, in combat or non-combat roles. My FIL was stationed in Japan and my BIL was in Hanoi.
What do you think?