Shot at and shot.
I have no trouble imagining how you arrived at your assessment of the politicians and the Generals (while I have a fair-to great deal of admiration for most professional fighting men, my opinion of most politicians is not repeatable here). I nonetheless thank you for your service in protecting my country, even if the motivation and mission were not clearly understood at the time, nor perhaps even now.When I was 18 my Uncle (Sam) asked me to join a bunch of other young guys and go to a very inhospitable land called Korea. Seems they wanted us to shoot at the guys up north and they in turn were told to shoot at us. I thought it very unreasonable when the Generals and politicians were the angry ones and should be doing all the shooting and ducking while the rest of us went swimming in the ocean and drinking beer.
"ASIDE from combat"?!?!? When the statute of limitations lapses on THAT event and if we're still in contact, I would be interested in hearing more of THAT "just 1 time".I spent time in Afghanistan and have been shot at and hit. Aside from combat, I can just remember 1 time.