Wages of War Epilogue and Gambone 3-14

by snoopy50 | December 1st, 2010

Wages of War

The epilogue of Wages of War ties the whole book together.  It brings us back to the earlier chapters of the book and points out that the soldiers of Vietnam are not different like we are taught in public education, but that their mistreatment is indeed the norm while the treatment of WWII veterans different.  The epilogue puts forth some numbers on the VA that truly forces you to realize what a corrupt organization it has been.  With $750,000 accepted by the VA from a a pharmaceutical company and many of the doctors having their licenses removed during the Agent Orange scandal.  The VA goes down to simple penny pinching when in 1985 they canceled the $78.95 a month pension of a 96 year old WWI veteran because he had saved it!!!!!!!   I think that every high school student should be required to read this book because we are not being taught in schools the times that America has gone wrong and the memories of Vietnam will soon fade as the veterans age opening the door to once again continue mistreating our veterans.


Reading the introduction to this book bothers me.  This section of reading makes it sound like most veterans made it off easy after wars.  It mentions on page 6 the land and money that was offered to veterans of the Revolution and then goes into how people tried to cheat the system, but it fails to mention that there was not that much of a system to rob because the land and money was never given to the revolutionary soldiers.  Page nine of the introduction completely disagrees with on of the large points made in Wages of War about Charles Forbes. On page 256 of Wages of War Forbes talking about hospitals is quoted as saying “didn’t construct any” yet according to Gambone he was building hospitals because he was taking a 15% kick back on the construction of each one.  Taking a kick back on building hospitals and not building them at all is a substantial difference, if it was only a kick back then the veterans could have still make it out fairly well while not building them truly puts the veterans in a bad place.  It seems that this introduction sugar coats  a lot of what happened to veterans.

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