They have been celebrated for valor and ostracized for participating in unpopular wars. They have received the thanks of a grateful nation in the form of national holidays, numerous veterans' associations, and the GI Bill, and yet have suffered through adversity, from homelessness to post traumatic stress syndrome. They are the nation’s veterans, and whether career soldiers or ordinary citizens called to duty, their stories must be heard.
A comprehensive encyclopedia that describes the experiences of American veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present.
From the American Revolution to today’s conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America captures the experiences and lives of our nation’s veterans in a comprehensive, unprecedented way. It is the first major reference work focused exclusively on an American soldier’s view of military life during war and the often difficult return to civilian life and peacetime afterward.
Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America comprises over 100 insightful entries that include major examinations of the American Revolution, Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Gulf, Afghan, and Iraq Wars, plus brief reviews of other conflicts. In addition, it highlights the specific experiences of POW, MIAs, and their families, as well as African Americans, women, and American Indian soldiers. Additional entries focus on key historic figures like Theodore Roosevelt and General Douglas MacArthur, veterans’ organizations like the American Legion and the VFW, legislative initiatives, and the full range of memorials and monuments dedicated to our fighting men and women.
• Presents essays from 30 contributing scholars from a variety of disciplines, many who are themselves veterans
• Contains 35 primary documents, including poems by and about and tributes to veterans, recent Congressional testimony by veterans about their problems, and descriptions of their activities
• Offers a timeline of relevant events, including founding dates of major veterans organizations and dates of major veterans legislation
• Provides illustrations of veterans engaging in political or ceremonial activity and illustrations of monuments and memorials
• Includes a bibliography of both general items and those relevant for each war/conflict
• The first comprehensive work on the experiences of the nation's veterans throughout U.S. history
• Focuses on current conditions and recent events, including the scandal involving the horrific conditions for patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
• Looks at the full range of veterans, including the disabled, veterans from different ethnic backgrounds, gay veterans, and those who served in the Coast Guard
• Describes a number of programs targeted at helping veterans reintegrate themselves into society after concluding their service