Campbell, Alec
December 2004
Journal of Political & Military Sociology;Winter2004, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p249
Academic Journal
This paper aims to make visible the previously neglected phenomenon of twentieth century veterans' benefits. While Civil War pensions have properly been recognized as an early form of welfare state provision, the massive -- and cross nationally unique U.S. veterans' benefits of the twentieth century embodied in pensions, the Veterans Administration hospital system, employment preferences, home loans, vocational training, and grants for education have received very little attention. These benefits were substantial and are theoretically and empirically important to an adequate understanding of the American welfare system. Taken together, they constitute a hitherto unnoticed and thereby invisible "veterans' welfare state "predating but overshadowed by the "civilian" welfare state.


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