“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” George Washington Except it seems that everyone forgot the shitstorm that draftees were subjected to after Vietnam, just for being the guy whose number OIF Military Army Combat OEF Veteran Definition Iraq Proud shirt unlucky enough to be picked. Because that is not what happened. History has been rewritten and now everyone remembers that the returning vets from ‘nam were “treated like shit” but that is NOT what happened. Many of the returning vets were the most outspoken against the war. Being against the war is not the same as treating returning vets like shit. Even in the 70s people “supported the troops” but not the war.
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the guys who were week enough to accept becoming a murderer rather than risk draft-dodging – being in the army is easy, people tell you what to do and when to do it, they tell you where to go and who to kill; seriously all my thickest friends are in the army. Standing up for yourself take strength of character, taking a knock yourself (prison, etc) rather than becoming the guy who fills tanks of agent orange or clips racks of napalm to undercarriages -that takes a quality OIF Military Army Combat OEF Veteran Definition Iraq Proud shirt is a big part of heroism. I for one have no respect for anyone willing to invade another country, certainly not as part of such a vile and abusive war machine… I have absolute contempt for anyone who’d willingly sign up to foulness and idiocy we’re committing in the middle east at the moment, certainly if their main justification is they want to be a hero.
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Must be easy to hate on people who’s situation you have no idea about. Draft dodging involves options that some people didn’t have, and at the end of the day, those who tried faced the wrath of the most powerful state in the world. Just? No. But that you paint those people OIF Military Army Combat OEF Veteran Definition Iraq Proud shirt accepted their drafting versus those who avoided it as black and white, good vs. evil, is pretty goddamn shitty of you considering the circumstances. The vet I know who tried to dodge the draft got hunted down by his mom. She pointed out that he couldn’t very well support his (new) baby while cavorting all over the state. The draft was a reprehensible law that assumed that Congress had absolute authority over the lives of US citizens. The3rdWorld’s response above is like blaming the slaves for slavery.