I hesitate to call myself a veteran in the company of many of you. I know there are guys here who have seen combat and you have my eternal respect and gratitude.
Nonetheless, I was USAF active duty 1991-1993 and US Army guard 1996. It was a bad time to be in the service. Clinton could not cut things fast enough. I was offered "early outs" in both situations and took 'em. I guess you could say I took the education/training and ran. I never spent a day overseas and never did anything cool but I am glad I served.
I feel the same way JPH. I did over 20 years in the Army Natl Guard. I did get to do alot of neat things, but never got to practice what I was trained for in combat. I was in an artillery unit. We were in the process of being activated for the first gulf war when they changed their minds and sent a like unit from Arkansas instead, because our Brigade HQ did not have one computer and the Arkansas unit said they had everything. We ended up sending an awful lot of equipment to them because they didn't have everything. I have my retired ID and get benifits from it, but will not get retirement pay or full benifits until I turn 60.
If I could go back in time, I would still join the Guard. It was a great experience and alot of fun. I still have many friends from the guard and see and talk to them regularly.