The Greatest Generation Comes Home Intro and Wages of War Epilogue

by mcbiwer | December 2nd, 2010

The introduction of The Greatest Generation Comes Home by Gambone summarizes advancements in veteran’s benefits beginning with the militias before the Revolutionary War even started until after World War II. It briefly mentions most of the important legislation that has helped veterans over the years, such as the pension act for Revolutionary War veterans in 1832. This passage describes new veteran’s legislation as being “successful”. Overall, it has an optimistic tone as it discusses the advances in aid for veterans. This is in contrast to Wages of War, throughout which is a generally negative and often sarcastic tone. The epilogue was no exception and was nearly quite the opposite of the Gambone reading because it focused only on what wasn’t accomplished during our nation’s history with veterans. It is also revealing of what influenced Severo and Milford to write the book. It focuses mainly on Agent Orange and Vietnam, and this book was written as a response to that conflict. It is interesting to me that two passages on very similar topics, the history of American veterans, can have such drastically different viewpoints.

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