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What has been learned since Vietnam.



I endured military service in Vietnam and received an honorable discharge.
I endured my military service and received an honorable discharge.

This year marks half a century since I went to the war in South Vietnam as a conscript with the Australian Army. I was there from mid-1966 to mid-1967 and received an honorable discharge upon my return. For me normality had returned the moment I walked out the door. Sadly though, many Australians were killed or wounded in that war, and many more suffered psychologically, some through to the present. It was similar story for our American allies, except that the casualties were much higher. For both countries the wars didn't end with Vietnam, but thankfully conscription did. The current US president or POTUS Donald Trump is a year younger than me. I got to wondering what he did during the Vietnam war. Nothing to be proud of it seems, according to an in depth report by the New York Times at https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/us/politics/donald-trump-draft-record.html?_r=0 I've never been openly critical of draft dodgers, conscientious objectors, blatant liars or straight out cowards. They make their own beds. Indeed, Australia has had its share of such people including some who became senior Australian politicians. Thankfully time and the democratic system ultimately dismisses them. Meanwhile, I sincerely hope that Australia doesn't allow itself to to be sucked into another war by the likes of Trump. Old Aussie soldiers have always said that sort of thing to younger generations haven't they?

© MMXVII
Paul R. Weaver.

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