Saturday, May 09, 2015

AARP Magazine covers Vietnam War period, urges respect for senior citizen veterans of that war now


AARP, The Magazine, should be commended for a couple of important items in the April/May 2015 issue.
  
There is the cover story about the medical odyssey of TV anchor Robin Roberts, but what caught my eye was “Vietnam: The War that Changed Everything”.
  
Soldiers drafted into that war are now in their late 60s to early 70s, approaching full retirement.
   
Young adults today don’t get the existential challenges that we faced  But Korean War veterans will be in their 80s, and WWII veterans (“The Greatest Generation”) in their 90s.
  
There is an insert saying that the federal government was protecting democracy in Mississippi (that isn’t entirely true, as federal civil rights interventions increased as Civil Rights laws passed), but we were drafting young men to go 10000 to protect “democracy”. The 1969 insert says “they were just using these young men up.  They were disposable.” Was it “courageous” to go to Canada, and wait for pardons decades later?


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