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Title:
Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics New Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States
Author:
Mettler, Suzanne.
ISBN:
9780813042541
Publication Information:
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2012. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (326 p.)
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Book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
Health care. 1. Army sanctuary for tubercular veterans: veterans' health care before the Veterans Bureau -- Carol R. Byerly -- 2. the invention, stumbling, and reinvention of the modern U.S. veterans health care system, 1918-1924 / Rosemary A. Stevens -- Part II: Disablity. 3. Architecture of injury: disabled veterans, federal policy, and the built environment in the early twentieth century / John M. Kinder -- 4. "An emblem of distinction": the politics of disability entitlement, 1940-1950 / Audra Jennings -- Part III: The politics of race and labor. 5. "Put fighting blood in your business": The U.S. War Department and the reemployment of World War I soldiers / Nancy Gentile Ford -- 6. The long journey home: African American World War I veterans and veteran policies / Jennifer Keene -- Part IV: Bonuses and G.I. bills. 7. Rethinking the bonus march: federal bonus policy, veteran organizations, and the origins of a protest movement / Stephen R. Ortiz -- 8. "Do something for the soldier boys": Congress, the G.I. Bill of Rights, and the contours of liberalism / Nancy Beck Young -- 9. "A veteran does not have to stay a veteran forever": Congress and the Korean G.I. Bill / -- Melinda Pash -- 10. A price on patriotism: the politics and unintended consequences of the 1966 G.I. Bill / Mark Boulton -- Part V: Contemporary veterans' politics. 11. Conventional and distinctive policy preferences of early-twenty-first-century veterans / -- Jeremy M. Teigen -- 12. Exploring the effects of combat exposure on American civic life / Christopher S. Parker.
Abstract:
An examination of the political issues and causes of veterans of the U.S. military.
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The study of military veterans and politics has been a growing topic of interest, but to date most research on the topic has remained isolated in specific, unconnected fields of inquiry.

Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics is the first multidisciplinary, comprehensive examination of the American veteran experience. Stephen Ortiz has compiled some of the best work on the formation and impact of veterans' policies, the politics of veterans' issues, and veterans' political engagement over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the United States.

By examining the U.S. government's treatment of veterans vis-à-vis such topics as health care, disability, race, the GI Bill, and combat exposure, the contributors reveal how debates regarding veterans' policies inevitably turn into larger political battles over citizenship and the role of the federal government.

With the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq now the longest military operations in U.S. history and the numbers of veterans returning from overseas deployment higher than they've been in a generation, this is a timely and necessary book.