Daniel Kennedy served in the U.S. Army as an air cavalry officer from 1969 to 1976 during the Vietnam War. Kennedy earned an ROTC commission after being enrolled at Washington and Jefferson College. Following his initial officer training at Ft. Knox, he served as a unit adjutant in the United States, making phone calls to soldiers and telling them when they were going to be shipped to Vietnam. Kennedy never went to Vietnam himself, as his orders to go were rescinded. He experienced survivor’s guilt until the moment his son was born in 1982.