On Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at 03:03 , email@example.com
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> Date: Fri, 5 Jul 2002 17:20:44 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Ernie Cook <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
> I WONDER IF YOU COULD HELP ME OR ADVISE ME. HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT
> OBTAINING THE NAMES OF AMERICANS THAT FLED TO CANADA RATHER THEN SERVE
> THIS GREAT NATION(USA). WOULD THERE BE ONE LIST FOR THEM AND AN OTHER
> FOR THOSE GRANTED AMNESTY?OR WOULD THERE BE AN OTHER LIST FOR THOSE
> CAUGHT AND REPATRIATED? THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. SINCERELY
> ERNIE COOK
given that there was no formal system for registering
to 'dodge the draft' by 'going to canada - there is
no formal method to get that number.
in like manner there is no formal mechanism in place
to get an accurate count of the number of persons who
were able to dodge the draft by maintaining their 2-S
deferment, time in the national guard, involvement as
members of 'deferred' groups - such as teaching in
the department of defense school systems....
Nor the folks who while drafted, were prevented from
seeing action in country because others kept schuffling
their paperwork to keep shipping them around all over the place
on what were essentially frivilous and meaningless postings
The fact that so many of 'the pro-war' types have been
trying to deal with their lack of 'in country combat time'
since at least the 1988 campaign season complicates the
process all together - since it's so hard to establish
which 'draft dodgers' are more patriotic than others....
That the 2000 campaign gave america the chance for a
clear vote between a Vietnam In Country Veteran, and
some 'fortunate son' who was able to avoid being in
country helps put a close on this issue as a crisis
of national merit.
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