Donald, you misread that, but also are correct. Only 0.86% of the entire population of the United States has served in Afghanistan and Iraq. Most of them are what grunts lovingly refer to as “Fobbits.” They stay inside the wire and eat chow hall food while collecting combat pay. They don’t see combat, but are still in a “combat environment” according to the military (hence soldiers, airman, sailors, and marines collecting combat pay in Kuwait).
The statistics regarding those of us who’ve actually seem combat are much more slim because:
- Only 7.3% of living Americans have served in the military and
- Only roughly 10% (as you stated) have seen combat.
I’ve written on the transition disorders our vets are facing given that it can’t be PTSD or Moral Injury if they haven’t seen combat. You can find that here: