The Pros And Cons Of Drugs In The Vietnam War

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Soldiers receiving a draft letter for war is typically a very hard and stressful time in their lives, especially the draft for Vietnam, the only draft America has had so far. Most of the men being drafted were young and unexperienced in war, making them hate it even more. They were taken and dropped into some of the worst circumstances the U.S. military has ever seen and expected to fight alongside people they had never even met before. As the war went on, the platoon members would bond, and have to watch their new friends get injured or die right in front of them, and wonder why they didn’t die as well. The harshness of the war made the soldiers look for any kind of escape from reality or way to make war easier, and they found drugs to be one of the only available outlets. They also experienced extreme PTSD after they got back home because the Vietcong military didn’t like soldier to soldier combat, they would ambush the young U.S. soldiers, or set bombs to go off and give them no way of retaliating. Soldiers using drugs during the war provided an easier way to make time pass, but upon returning home, it could lead to addiction or worsened PTSD. Upon being drafted, most soldiers were young and inexperienced in war, making it even harder on them, so they looked for ways to make it not so terrible, and typically find drugs as the only mental outlet. Many of the soldiers that were drafted came from poor or working class families, so they already didn’t have a good life, and

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