The War Of The Vietnam War

1155 WordsMay 27, 20165 Pages
The Vietnam War cost many Americans their lives in the 60s and 70s. Many were drafted into the war by choice and others selectively chosen to join to help America. The contributions made had a major impact on the American side of the Vietnam War. Though many contributions were made none stand out any more than others. It is sometimes said there is always a hero in the war who helped the victory. Wars, however, do not have war heroes because a hero is making an undeniable contribution to the war and affects the victory when in reality a war is based on outsmarting the opponent and seeing who has more heart. The war does not have a hero because drafted soldiers do not always want war to occur, disorders that get to soldiers affect them for…show more content…
With the volunteers also came the cowardly and anti-war people who didn’t want to go to war. Many fled to Canada to avoid the draft and became known as “draft dodgers”, a derogatory term at that time. The men who dodged the draft and did not support their country ultimately could have costed America the war. In this instance there are definitely no war heroes especially not with Americans dodging the opportunity to help the allied side of the war. In exception to medical reasons or family attentive reasoning, no one was allowed to miss their drafting day and was not allowed to stay home from the war when needed. The war had a great impact on everyone involved in the war, whether it is soldiers, bystanders, or surrounding cities, nobody was safe from some type of stress and recoil from the war. Post war diseases such as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, affected those people in the war and around the war zone. Most people could hide it but the degree of hiding it varied between who the person was and what that person went through and if it was bad or not. Other people let it completely control their lives. PTSD also proved that there were no war heroes because no matter what nobody wins. The returning soldiers were affected and usually hurt physically, mentally, and in some cases, both. In the novel, The Things They Carried,
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