Many conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War fled to Canada and other countries as a matter of conscience. I'm wondering what happened to them? Did most return to the US after the war? Did they become activists in other ways? I have a friend whose husband was a conscientious objector and joined the Peace Corps and worked in Thailand and Malaysia for several years. His son grew up to join the Peace Corps as well and the whole family is active in fighting for social justice. I'm wondering about the hundreds of others.
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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!
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.