Unfortunately, it wasn’t Viet Nam as Senator Richard Blumenthal has stated several times in his public life.
Instead, Sentator Blumenthal’s first tour in a combat zone was his boondoggle to Pakistan and Afghanistan this week (it is his first trip as Senator, not sure if he ever tried the political gesture before).
Prior to a flight from North KAIA in Kabul, I was attending a meeting at the ISAF Joint Command (IJC) on the same base. Just before entering the IJC compound, a friend and I positively identified Senator Blumenthal exiting the compound. While we were certain this was the Senator (the size of the entourage was one give away), his visit to the theater was confirmed by a quick online search. The trip will undoubtedly prove beneficial when, like every other politician, he uses the trip to trumpet his concern for the troops and expertise in foreign affairs.
Whether this actually qualifies as a combat tour is still under debate. In one of his first acts as president in 2009, President Obama officially renamed the “Global War on Terror” the “Overseas Contingency Operation.”