I saw combat indirectly. Guys I knew, had meals with, joked with, argued with, that never returned to eat, joke, or argue. I got very lucky. Very. But not in my heart. Safe and air-conditioned and eating well may seem like perks to someone in a war-zone.
Yes, my husband said that coming out of the jungle with you guys where it was cool, good food and safe could well be considered a perk and then a couple of other words that I can't repeat!