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U-M doctor helped men avoid Vietnam war in exchange for sexual favors, ex-students say

Former University of Michigan doctor Robert Anderson was willing to write letters certifying students were gay in order to keep them out of the Vietnam war draft, but only after they performed sexual acts, multiple men told the Detroit Free Press.

Anderson was widely known in the U-M gay community for the letters, but students passed word to each other that getting the letters meant enduring "personal contact," three former students told the Free Press. Each reached out to the Free Press independently of each other and told similar stories about their encounters with Anderson.

None of the students are known to have reported Anderson to university officials, believing that he had helped them stay out of the war, which might have saved their lives.