Published: November 9, 2012

In 2011, 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 that warfare exerts on soldiers, and of the challenges that all veterans confront when they return home. Has it always been so?

In this episode, the History Guys consider the treatment of veterans from America’s previous wars. How much depends on the politics? Are veterans only as popular as the wars they’ve fought in?