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Perceptions of inequity were based on the reality of inequity. The all-volunteer force is less representative than the Vietnam-era military that was shaped by the draft. Even if the “citizen soldiers” of American legend were never fully representative of the society they defended, these young men and women today are less a cross-section of America. This has consequences. We pay lip service to our “sons and daughters” at war, even if the children of some 99 percent of us are safely at home. The nature of wars and of warfare has changed.
And these distorted images came to have real consequences for the experiences of returning veterans. For the first and the only time since the early nineteenth century, Americans seldom used “heroes” as sweeping general descriptions of these veterans, for it was hard to be considered heroic in an uncertain cause. Many came to think of the Vietnam veterans as “victims,” but if there was some element of truth to this, it was nonetheless a condescending concept to attach to those who sacrificed when asked and were courageous when called upon.
I would later understand that small midwestern cities such as Galena had always recorded high proportions of their young citizens serving the nation’s wars. Four hundred seventy men from the Galena community served in World War I. Eighteen of them died, a number ironically the same as, but proportionately much higher than, World War II. The 1920 Galena population was 4,742. During the Korean War, 131 served out of a 1950 population of 3,826. Three did not return from that war. I was nearly eleven when the Korean War began and I was able to follow its progress in the morning newspaper.
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