Draft Evaders

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Salty, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. Salty

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    This may be one of the hardest question, I have ever posed.
    During Vietnam - many young men avoided the draft and went to Canada.
    What are your thoughts about their decision?
    Was Ford wrong in granting amnesty.

    Please indicate if you are Active/Veteran/Dependent - or never served.
     
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    I am a veteran of the Korean era and I believe Ford was wrong!
     
  3. just-want-peace

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    I am a vet - '62-'64 - and I fully agree.
     
  4. Tom Bryant

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    I fought in Viet Nam from 71 thru to the end.

    I think President Ford was right. Viet Nam was a mistake from the beginning. The people who got us into it should have needed a pardon after they spent time in jail.

    Should they have gone to Canada? No. They could and should have served in some ways or gone thru the hassle of becoming a Conscientious Objector. But President Ford was right in choosing to amnesty them.
     
  5. Salty

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    I had orders to Nam (Apr '71) When I arrived in Oakland, it was determined our MOS was not need. Execpt for a few guys who had volunteered, our entire training company was diverted to Germany. Now, my view - by that time, politics had been the major force of the "police action" and with no dertimination of real victory, ( as there had been in WW II) I can understand why they may have wanted to evade the draft. Ford said the reason for amensty was to heal the nations wounds. - The reason I startd this thread was a Love Boat eposide where a disabled Vet and draft doger met each other at a high school reunion. The dodger apoligized to the Vet - accpeted. At the end of the show - the Vet hired the dodger to head the personel section of his company with the mission of hiring as many disaabled vets as possible.
     
  6. carpro

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    They were , and still are, cowards.

    Ford was wrong in doing it so soon, but I understand his reasons. I believe he should have made them live with the fruits of their cowardice for a few more years.

    Vietnam vet 68-69
     
    #6 carpro, Apr 9, 2015
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