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A Different Take on Draft Dodgers

STORY BY: W. Keith Lindsay
YEAR: 1963
LOCATION: Blaine, Washington, USA

Keith is an American who lived in Blaine, Washington. First stating that he loves Canada, Keith admits that the usual Canadian perspective on the Vietnam War bothers him a little. He got his draft card near the end of the war and was not drafted, but his two older brothers were. Growing up in Louisiana at the time, most everyone was 'pro-war', and there were no signs of protests. He has friends who died in Vietnam, so when Canadians talk proudly of supporting draft dodgers, it seems like they are held up more or less as heroes, whereas those who served in the war were idiots, and that those who died were foolish to follow what their country asked them to do. Thanks for sharing, Keith.


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