The protests were some of the worst and didn't help anything with the war. Most of the people that were not heading into the draft were completely protesting the war because they thought there were more peaceful ways to solve all the problems that the world was having. Even if it meant causing more problems, all of these people thought that what they were fighting for was worth it. These protests were called Anti-War Marches. Most of the protesters were colleges kids trying to fight for peace. That was until 1965 when the US started bombing North Vietnam in Earnest. That was when they gained their prominence. It was organized by SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), they kept doing what they were doing for 3 years until they hit their peak in early 1968 when the successful Tet Offensive by North Vietnamese troops proved that war’s end was nowhere in sight.
Here is just an example of what this looked like at the time: In August 1964, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin, and President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the retaliatory bombing of military targets in North Vietnam. And by the time U.S. planes began regular bombings of North Vietnam in February 1965, some critics had begun to question the government’s assertion that it was fighting a democratic war to liberate the South Vietnamese people from Communist aggression.
The draft was during the war when there were not enough people to send over so they drafted men to go to Vietnam.
To be specific, the draft was On December 1, 1969, the Selective Service System of the United States conducted two lotteries to determine the order of call to military service in the Vietnam War for men born from 1944 to 1950.
During the war while the men were all at war, life was continuing at home and other family members were taking over and doing the jobs of the soldiers.
In Vietnam when the oldest male went off to war, the second oldest male would then take his place and be the leader of the house.
Re-integration into Society
A lot of these veterans dealt with things that no on should ever deal with and there were things that people misunderstood about how it was for these veterans coming back. Here are some things just clear the air:
PTSD ~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something that wasn't brought to peoples attention until the 1980's. So most people just thought that the veterans had more mental issues than they really did.
Mental Health ~ Most of the men that went to war had the same mental issues as some civilians but they were dealt with more of a "told you so" attitude since they were in a war that most of America didn't want to be in, in the first place.