1st deferment: Cheney enrolled in Casper Community College in January 1963 — he turned 22 that month — and sought his first student deferment on March 20.
2nd deferment: (student), after transferring to the University of Wyoming on July 23, 1963.
3rd deferment:(student)on Oct. 14, 1964.
4th deferment: attended graduate school at the University of Wyoming on Nov. 1, 1965.
5th deferment: On Oct. 6, 1965, the Selective Service lifted its ban against drafting married men who had no children. Nine months and two days later, Cheney had his first daughter. Cheney applied for 3-A status, the ”hardship”exemption, which excluded men with children or dependent parents. It was granted.
The "Cheney as Chickenhawk" thing seems inexplicable to me (as do many things about him). Wyoming just is not that kind of place. People who hid from combat because their ass was too precious to be risked can’t be well thought of in Laramie or any of those little places in the American "Empty Quarter."
"Woodsy" Pennsylvania where Murtha comes from is not friendly country for people like that either.
I used to spend a lot of time in Shenandoah County, Virginia. There are so many men there hobbling about on crutches or eating breakfast with one hand and one "claw" at the next table that the thought of Cheney’s deferments is troubling in the context of his martial zeal and ferocity. He needs to learn how to tie a bow tie properly.
Farrell wrote that people thought us all "stupid" when we returned from SE Asia as part of what our countrymen thought of as the "less than greatest generation."
Well, the VP is the VP. He looks a little peaked in his ridiculous monkey suit. Maybe he really WAS the smart one, he and all the other little Cheney creatures.