“I’m a former Marine, VN combat vet and I can tell you this is another bull$hit attempt by the “blue water navy” guys (who never even stepped one foot in-country) to get in on the VA “gravy train.”
Gimmee, gimmee, gimmee.”
You know, you are the best example of a “team player”. Being a former “blue water navy” sailor myself. My destroyer made several trips up the Saigon river where is exposure was indeed likely.
I have a lot of respect for marines but in your case I will make an make an exception. I have the utmost admiration for any Viet Nam veteran regardless of the branch of service they were in, but some like you think you were the only one to serve honorably. And if your definition of “boots on the ground”, as being the only vets that matter, then sorry my ship may have provided you with gunfire support.