I'm a Vietnam ERA veteran not a Vietnam COMBAT veteran. I think the VA and all veteran groups should differentiate between COMBAT veterans and ERA veterans.
A COMBAT veteran is someone who served IN COUNTRY in a combat zone. An ERA veteran is someone who served during combat years. COMBAT veterans should always be given greater benefits than ERA veterans.
I was in the CORPS from 70 -74, but I'm an ERA veteran, not a COMBAT veteran because I was never IN COUNTRY.