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Nam Veteran Defends Gingrich, Asks for Support
web posted January 16, 2012
I wish to respond to the letter writer
Zach Bush whose letter was web posted January 10, 2012. I am a
proud veteran (non war) of the Vietnam era. I served in the
United States Army 101st Airborne Division, 327th Infantry, Headquarter
and Headquarters Company, I was a volunteer and served from June of
1960 to June of 1963.
During that era about 1 1/2 to 2 % of those who were eligible to serve
actually served. Some were draft dodgers and many were not. All who
were eligible were not called and all who were eligible were not needed.
You claim that Paul volunteered, but he did not volunteer and I do not
know that he said he did. But you say he did which is not the truth.
Paul was drafted in 1962 even though he had children. That was the
draft board policy in 1962. At the beginning of 1963 the draft board
policy was changed and fathers were not to be called up by that policy.
Newt Gingrich was called before the board, examined and by their policy
and decision was not drafted in mid 1963 because he was a father! He
was deemed not eligible by the draft board period. He spoke the truth
when he said he was not eligible and he did not ask for it. Neither he
nor hundreds of thousands of others volunteered and for many and varied
reasons, I remind you, Mr. Bush, that they and the other millions of
citizens who did not serve are the United Stated of ?America that you
say you love and served!
Your vile and wicked assault on Newt Gingrich is an assault on millions
of Americans whom you say you love and served. Today we look back on
several newer wars and conflicts and we have a volunteer military. Are
all those who did not volunteer to go to war as deserving of you
vitriol and slanderous name calling as well? I question the sincerity
of your claim of love and patriotism for the United States of America
based on your ugly assault on Newt Gingrich.
New Gingrich is only one of 50% of the men in this country who have
gone through a divorce or two. Divorce is tragic and most who have
experienced it will agree. To call Newt the wicked and slanderous names
you have says more about you and your character than about him or
I am calling on every citizens in this county to, at the very least,
show our fellow American citizen, Newt Gingrich that he is loved and
appreciated for his love for America and desire to serve as our
I have been forgiven and freely I forgive, all in Jesus' name.
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