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Author Adler, Jessica L., 1978-, author.

Title Burdens of war : creating the United States Veterans Health System / Jessica L. Adler.

Published Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  362.108697 ADLE    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 353 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Reconfiguring American political history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction - a solemn obligation: war, and federally sponsored health care vi -- An extra-hazardous occupation: preparing for the health outcomes of war -- A stupendous task: dynamics and challenges of domestic military health care -- War was hell but the after-war effects were 'heller': an Army responsibility becomes a societal obligation -- The debt we owe them: advocating, funding, and planning for veterans' health Care -- One of the epochs of veteran relief: creating and growing the Veterans' Bureau and its hospitals -- The scope of the scheme is widened: experiencing and entrenching a federal health system -- State medicine: enduring under fire -- Conclusion: A huge policy success story? The legacy of Great War health policy.
Summary "During and after World War I, policy makers, soldiers, and veterans laid the groundwork for the extension of government-sponsored medical care to millions of former service members. In the process, they built a pillar of the American welfare state. Legislation and rehabilitation plans formulated shortly after the U.S. entered the Great War aimed to minimize the government's long-term obligations to veterans, but within a decade, those who had served gained conditional access to their own direct assistance agency and a national system of hospitals. Burdens of War explains why that drastic transition occurred, and how one group of citizens won the right to obtain publicly funded health services. The story of the early roots of service-related health policies has a variety of larger implications. It shows how veterans' welfare shifted from centering on pension and domicile care programs rooted in the nineteenth century to the provision of access to direct medical services; how shifting ideals about hospitals and medical care influenced policy at the dusk of the Progressive Era; how race, class, and gender shaped the health-related experiences of soldiers, veterans, and caregivers; and how interest groups capitalized on a tense political and social climate to bring about change. On a general level, an examination of the roots of a nationwide veterans' hospital system demonstrates how privileges were won in the twentieth-century United States. It reveals a moment of state expansion, but also illustrates the wider tendency of the U.S. government to award entitlements selectively. The policies that paved the way for the advent of a veterans' medical system thus deserve to be considered as foundational in the development and shape of the American welfare state."--Provided by publisher.
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Subject United States. Veterans Bureau -- History.
Veterans -- Medical care -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care -- United States.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Veterans -- Medical care -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Disabled veterans -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Veterans' hospitals -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Veterans -- Services for -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Medical policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Variant Title Creating the United States Veterans Health System
ISBN 9781421422879
Standard Number YBP14214072