The Great War and Modern Veteran Care
Where: The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave.
212-822-7200 Price: $12 General Public | $8 Seniors and Military personnel with ID | Free to Students with ID
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Popularly known as “The War to End All Wars,” the First World War was also the war to end all disability. Determined to curtail the human and economic costs of military conflict, the United States and many other belligerent nations instituted programs of physical and vocational rehabilitation in order to make injured men whole again, so that they could fit back seamlessly into civilian society. In this talk, historian Beth Linker of the University of Pennsylvania will trace the practice and ethic of the rehabilitative model of veteran care, with an eye toward showing how it later became commodified as part of America’s ongoing commitment to pursuing a militaristic foreign policy.