Military draft left no option


I always look forward to Stephen Kershnar’s articles, which are thorough, well written, and thought provoking. After reading his most recent article on NFL players protesting during the National Anthem (Oct. 4), I take objection to one of his arguments.

He talks about members of the military “picking a job package they most preferred.” Perhaps he’s too young to know or remember, but for many years, the United States employed a military draft. It was not a choice; it was mandatory. I graduated from high school in the ’60s.

Many of my classmates were drafted into military service, and I can tell you with certainty that it was not a job package they “most preferred,” to put it mildly. When the travelling Vietnam Memorial visited the Brocton Legion, my husband and I found some of their names on that wall — teenagers when their lives were taken from them, performing required military service.