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Author Bennett, James T., author.

Title Paid patriotism? : the debate over veterans' benefits / James T. Bennett
Published London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 282 pages)
Contents Decrepit old men asking only for their due: the origins of the veterans lobby -- Shark infested waters: the scramble for pensions after the Civil War -- The war to end all wars does not end all wars but does give birth to the boners and revives the VFW -- The 1944 GI Bill: hype exemplified -- An endless parade of GI Bills -- Korea, Vietnam, and Post-9/11 -- The best medicine? The growth of the veterans-medical complex and a culture of entitlement
Summary "What does a nation owe its military veterans? Gratitude, esteem, land grants, medical care, pensions, higher education? Or is serving in the armed forces of one's country an obligation to be undertaken without any expectation of compensation? If veterans are to receive government aid, should a distinction be made between those who served in wartime or faced enemy fire and those who saw neither war nor combat? These questions have been answered in varying ways by the American people and their elected representatives since the Revolutionary War. Paid Patriotism? explores the genesis and growth of soldiers' pensions throughout the 19th century, the Bonus experiment after the First World War, the passage and consequences of the GI Bill of Rights, the growth of the nation's system of veterans' hospitals, the evolution of veterans' programs during the Cold War and Vietnam, the post 9/11 GI Bill, and contemporary scandals and reform efforts within the veterans' bureaucracy, from its promotion to a cabinet department to wrongdoing in the Veterans Health Administration. James T. Bennett examines the complex and politically charged history and heated present-day debate of what the late columnist William Safire called the "most sacred cow" in Washington: the veterans' bureaucracy. In the end, the United States and its citizens owe veterans a debt. But how has and how should that debt be honored--and at what cost?"--Provided by ublisher
Notes Originally published 2017 by Transaction Publishers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Military pensions -- United States -- History
Veterans -- Services for -- United States -- History
Armed Forces -- Salaries, etc.
Military pensions.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
Veterans -- Services for.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Pay, allowances, etc. -- History
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351627864