I was one of those military sons mentioned in the lyrics. My father and I both served in Vietnam and I was privileged to command American infantrymen in combat. As draftees, they identified with this song and loved it. It told their story. It wasn’t a protest in their minds, just a statement of fact.
These draftees served their country well, did their jobs in spades, earned their Combat Infantryman’s Badge many times over. They certainly deserve to have their valor and sacrifices recognized on the Mall, and I don’t see why this song doesn’t do just that.
Joined in ‘71. In basic the DI had us in formation and ask who was drafted, about 3 raised their hands’ ,the DI next said the rest of you ask for this shit.I knew I was in trouble then. I understand what you’re saying’.Most will not..wonder if this will pass the the PC croud or get pulled?