Are you still a veteran if you don’t fight in a war?

Say you get deployed a security or just stationed at a base in Algeria, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, ext basically where there’s no direct US combat, would you still be a veteran and if so what exactly separates someone who is a combat veteran meaning they fought in the Wars we're in. How would a noncombat... show more Say you get deployed a security or just stationed at a base in Algeria, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, ext basically where there’s no direct US combat, would you still be a veteran and if so what exactly separates someone who is a combat veteran meaning they fought in the Wars we're in. How would a noncombat veteran be decorated and what exactly is their service rewarded and remembered as?
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