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Preview — War's Waste by Beth Linker
War's Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America
With U.S. soldiers stationed around the world and engaged in multiple conflicts, Americans will be forced for the foreseeable future to come to terms with those permanently disabled in battle.At the moment, we accept rehabilitation as the proper social and cultural response to the wounded, swiftly returning injured combatants to their civilian lives. But this was not alwa
On a fundamental level, this book asks us to consider what a soldier is: workman or hero. At the turn of the last century, several different political and social factions had a stake in defining his role. If the nation considers soldiers "employees" in the military, then the government's obligations change. I ...more