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I enlisted and got rejected. No I was a perfect candidate, but waiting to become 18 the war got ended. So there was a freeze on new recruits. I really appreciate those who serve, but I am glad life worked out the way it did.
It's great that America is for the most part 'free'. This doesn't dispute the fact that there must be a better way than war.
Funny I come from a long family line of both liberal and conservative soldiers - I guess only the conservative ones were patriotic enough? smh... Objecting to something that is wrong is wholly American by the way - freedom of speech!
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Brett Winn says
September 16th, 1974 was when President Ford issued a conditional amnesty to 'draft dodgers'. On January 21st, 1977, President Carter issued a full and unconditional amnesty to these individuals.
To refuse to take part in war is admirable.
I remember that and it really made me mad. I went over there and served my time in Nam and did my duty. "To refuse to take part in war is admirable." Some would call it cowardice.
I bet they felt the same way during WW2.
It is not cowardice to not do blindly what you are told by your government. I admire soldiers who feel called to serve, but I also know several of our wars have served absolutely no purpose. It takes courage to stand up for what you think is right.
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