Vail Daily column: Debate continues over role of women in military

By Melanie Wong

In December of 1970, a United States Air Force transport plane touched down at Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base in Saigon, Vietnam. Thus began the “re-education” of five college girls from Colorado State University. Nothing in our Midwestern upbringings had prepared us for what was about to transpire. On Dec. 1, 1969, we had sat with our male friends all over campus when lottery numbers were drawn for military service. Twelve months later, we found ourselves in the middle of the Vietnam War. While women’s numbers weren’t being called at that time, about 1 percent of all women today …

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