A recent letter denigrated President Clinton as a "draft-dodger." The writer said, "Many of us believe that refusing to take part in the massacre of millions of Vietnamese people was an extremely moral and courageous thing to do."
In defense of my brothers and sisters who served there: We went there because our country asked us to defend it. We were 18 or 19 years old.
Yes, innocent people died, but what is implied is that all Vietnam veterans took part in this killing. In my one-year tour as a Marine infantryman, neither I nor anyone close to me fired on civilians.
It's a great injustice to the veteran, who in many cases was more anti-war than most, to negate the "moral and courageous" decision he made.
Ralph Sirianni Sr. Tonawanda