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Veterans -- United States

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From the Home Front and the Front Lines

Close to 1700 veterans of the United States Armed Forces pass away each day, and often many of their stories and experiences are lost before there is time to document them for posterity and future generations. Fortunately, there is the Veterans History Project, which was commissioned by an act of Congress, and which is dedicated to collecting and preserving the experiences of these veterans and...
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Created by the enactment of Public Law 601 (officially titled “Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946”), the House Committee on Veterans Affairs is responsible for recommending legislation that can expand, curtail, or fine-tune existing laws relating to veterans’ benefits. Currently under the leadership of Congressman Steve Buyer of Indiana, the Committee has a total of 30 members. The site’s...
Veterans’ Issues Surface Before Memorial Day Celebrations

As many communities around the United States plan tributes to those who have given their lives in the service of their country for Memorial Day, a number of veterans’ groups continue to voice their concerns emphatically. In Washington, D.C. a group of veterans living at the US Armed Forces Retirement Home filed a class-action suit against Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the operating...
Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Portraits

Shortly after the conclusion of the Civil War, Union veterans formed the Grand Army of the Republic, or the G.A.R. Through the Reconstruction era and the Gilded Age, the G.A.R. was a powerful organization that lobbied the federal government for federal and state Soldiers Homes for invalids, advocated for the creation of Memorial Day, and also provided support for soldier reunions. This digital...
American Veterans Oral History

The American Veterans Center offers this powerful collection of videos featuring the stories of veterans who served during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Iraq War. These videos include interviews with veterans along with recorded readings of veterans' stories by actors including Leslie Odom and Jon Voight. In one video, created...