One of the bones of contention that exists among vets is the terminology “”veteran” and “era veteran”.
An example: Local talk show host Bryan Suits, veteran of the Gulf War, Bosnia and now OIF, caught Washington Rep. “Baghdad Jim” McDermott publically calling himself a “Vietnam War Veteran”.
The trouble is, McDermott never served in Vietenam. He was stationed in San Diego in his psychaiatrists office telling soldiers that they were too PTSD’d to serve. This qualifies him as a “Vietnam Era Veteran”.
It led to many, many offers from Suits to McDermott to come on the show or be interviewed so that he could explain himself. None of these offers were taken.
Now Kos, head pig at the dKos Animal Farm, looks to be doing the same thing with his service time during Desert Storm.
It may just be the AP not knowing the difference, but as Ace writes here, this isn’t the first time he’s said things of this nature, for the same reason McDermott did it, to gain credibility amongst his friends.