I'll never forget the day in 1973 when I received my honorable discharge from the United States Air Force. I had served a total of twenty months. American involvement in the Vietnam War was officially over, Richard Nixon was on the verge of being run out of the White House and I was finally a free man again after applying for and receiving a conscientious objector discharge. My application could have been denied at any level of my entire chain of command yet the Secretary of the Air Force had ultimately approved it.
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