Neil Stanley joined the Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War. He volunteered because he could pick his path rather than having the Army decide for him if he were drafted. Volunteering also meant three years of service instead of two when drafted. He opted to become a medical foreman. One night during basic training, a helicopter unit needed two more medics, and he was asked if he wanted to be one of them. “That was one of the forks in the road in my life. I stayed awake pretty much all night,” he said. “I thought, ‘We’re going to Vietnam anyway. It’d be pretty cool to be flying versus walking.'”

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