I realized how for all of us who came of age in the late sixties and early seventies the war was a defining experience. You went or you didn't, but the fact of it and the decisions it forced us to make marked us for the rest of our lives, just as the depression and World War II had marked my parents.
Linda Grant (b. 1949), U.S. mystery novelist. Blind Trust, ch. 20 (1990).
Catherine Sayler, the private-investigator heroine of this detective series, was reflecting on the Vietnam War after hearing it discussed by a mentally disturbed veteran and her lover, who had been able to avoid the draft.