Wages of War 6-8, 13-14, 21-22 and Greatest Generation

by kallen3 | November 23rd, 2010

In these readings we learned about veterans from the many other wars.  In the first few chapters it talked about the veterans from the War of 1812.  We see that many people did not receive awards after having fought so hard.  Joseph Bloomfield was introduced as well as Monroe’s pension.  The pension was shot down by Congress because it gave too much money to the soldiers.  I think its great that a bill was finally composed to help veterans except that it was not passed.  Another big thing was that in 1820 Congress passed a law that people had to make a statement of nationality to receive pensions.  In the later chapters it talks about the Korean War and how soldiers were blamed as scapegoats for the war.  I thought this was unfair especially because Americans were just looking for someone to blame the war on.

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