Letter: Those who serve the country are not 'suckers' and 'losers'
To the editor:
I was proud to serve our country for two years when I was drafted in 1975 at the close of the Vietnam War after seven years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
There was a shortage of physicians in the military and a selective physician draft was instituted with a special program called the "Berry Plan." This allowed me to complete my surgical training and join the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a major. Some of my classmates in medical school were not as lucky to get this deferment, and a few died in Vietnam as general medical officers after a couple of years of medical training.
I treated injuries sustained during the war as well as active-duty soldiers and their dependents at a large Army medical center in Tacoma, Wash.
After the active-duty assignment, I was also proud to deliver care to our veterans at the Boston VA hospital for 10 years. I don't consider myself a "loser" or "sucker," as stated by our draft-dodging president.
It was an honor to serve. I would urge anyone who has served our country in the military or in the public health corps to carefully consider their vote in the upcoming presidential election. We desperately need a commander in chief who values our service and sacrifice.
Stanley M. Shapshay, M.D.,
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