My mother-in-law was one the original WACs (Woman Army Corps). She is 93 and her husband that she met and married while "in the service" passed several years ago. God bless them both and I agree we should cherish them.
PS: I have noticed the same thing - us Vietnam era vets are now considered "The Old Guys".
US Army - Retired and loving it with our Georgetown 351DS and now our Thor Challenger 37TB.