Romney's Deferments Loom At Obama Rally: ""This was a time when every American male was eligible to be drafted," Webb recounted for the audience of 1969 — the year he served in Vietnam. "People made choices about how to deal with the draft. And about military service. I have never envied or resented any of the choices that were made as long as they were done according to the law. But those among us who stepped forward to face the harsh unknowns and the lifelong changes that come from combat, did so with the belief that their service would be honored. That our leaders would — in the phraseology of Abraham Lincoln — care for those who borne the battle and for their widows and for their children.""