"I grew up Mennonite; my dad had been a conscientious objector during World War II. I actually would have been "drafted" into civilian service work. But a number of young men of similar background realized that while we had this option, most others with genuinely conscientious objections to the Vietnam War (like many of the folks posting here) had to choose among being sent there anyway, going to prison, leaving the country, and just hoping for a lucky draft number. There was a basic injustice in the draft system, and in any case any cooperation with it was cooperation in feeding people into the war. I sent my draft card back, didn't report for service when ordered to, and ended up spending 16 months in a federal prison in Kentucky.
I'm so glad that Beth Sanders is making this film. Our society has gotten hyper-militarized, although for most families the militarization remains more abstract than personal. Reminding people that there is a choice about what to believe and what to do is vitally important."