Coming Home: A History of War Veterans [rebroadcast]
This episode of BackStory with the American History Guys is a revised and updated version. You can listen to the original episode here.
This year, the number of suicides among active-duty military personnel hit an all-time high — an average of one per day. It’s another reminder of the psychological toll of war fighting, and of the challenges that all veterans confront when they return home. Has it always been so?
On today’s episode, the History Guys consider the treatment of war veterans from America’s previous wars. How much depends on the politics of the war – are vets only as popular as the wars they’ve fought in?
- Frank Earnest, past Commander of the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
- Rebecca Jo Plant, Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego
- Ed Tick, Director of Soldier’s Heart
Want to learn more about the history of war veterans? Check out a comprehensive list of sources that the History Guys put together to learn more.
See the listener discussion that helped shape this show.