G.I. Bill is still changing lives in the Capital Region
John Safford was ready for battle in 1968. He did Reserve Officers’ Training Corps training at Canisius College and then completed basic training, planning to lead an infantry platoon.
It was the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War for America. Safford’s friends were dying, and he wanted to do his part. But just weeks before he was to ship out, Safford got new orders. Instead of Vietnam, the Army sent him to Japan to lead an intelligence unit. Far from the fighting, Safford was safe. He’s never stopped feeling guilty about it.