Reception of World War I Veterans

by Justin and Amanda

Goodwill Helps Veterans Make the Transition

Since World War I, Goodwill has been a partner for military service members and their families. Goodwill even predicts that these veterans and families will account for about 20% of its hires this year, giving employment opportunities to families who need stabilization.

("Goodwill Honors Military Families on Memorial Day and Throughout the Year." PR Newswire 26 May 2011. Student Resources In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2013.)

The Bonus March

Hoping to get their veterans' benefits in advance to offset the effects of the Great Depression, many veterans of World War I held a public demonstration in Washington D.C. After demonstrators refused to leave, General Douglas MacArthur and the U.S. Army were called on to rectify the situation. The military attacking their own veterans was an unpopular sight, and Americans were deeply upset with their country.

("Douglas MacArthur during the Bonus March." The Great Depression and the New Deal. Woodbridge, CT: Primary Source Media, 2010. American Journey. Student Resources In Context. Web. 27 Mar. 2013.)

Veterans' Day

Created in 1919, on the one-year anniversary of the 1918 Armistice Day, which ended the first World War, Veterans' Day's purpose is to honor the men and women of our country for their brave and valiant efforts, protecting and serving our great country. While it is only one day, it is a national holiday in which the nation can come together to salute all of those who served us in war, making our veterans feel appreciated and creating a better post-war experience for them. It was celebrated in 1921 with the burial of the unknown solder at Arlington National Ceremony.

(Brittanica, "Veteran's Day)