Wages of War epilogue

by Sean8 | December 2nd, 2010

The epilogue for the wages of war ties everything Severo and Milford had argued throughout the book together in one brilliant conclusion.  They use the Vietnam war as an example of a war in which most believe returning veterans were treated poorly and then show that in fact most wars followed the same pattern of mistreatment of veterans as the Vietnam conflict.  They compare Agent Orange to the yellow fever of the Spanish-American war and the experience of Vietnam soldiers with brutality towards civilians with the the U.S suppression of the Phillipine insurrection.  While it does not reach the same level of bitterness and anger in its writing as we saw in some of the other chapters it does take all their points and condense them into one consensus: the government has continually failed veterans through our history.

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