The news came to me, ironically, over Armed Forces radio. It was one of two (the other being the BBC) English-speaking, shortwave radio stations that I was able to receive. I was in Tibga, Burkino Faso (then called Upper Volta), serving in the Peace Corps. I was 200 kilometers from the nearest paved road. Having received the news, I knew that after returning from the Peace Corps I would be able to get on with my life without the draft hanging over me.