Re: Criminals, post-traumatic stress

Phil Landon (
Tue, 16 Jul 1996 21:24:52 -0400

At 02:20 PM 7/15/96 -0400, you wrote:
"I read somewhere that during the Vietnam war criminals (And I am not
sure what kind of criminals) were given the option of serving their
sentences by joining the army. I wonder if they fully realized the
possible dangers of >being in the armed forces."-Karen Kling

I believe this practice went on before Vietnam. During the Korean War the
older brother of one of my classmates (in Western Massachusetts) was offered
the choice of a criminal record or joining the Army. He chose the latter
and ended up with a medical discharge after suffering from frozen feet.

Phil Landon

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