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War's WasteRehabilitation in World War I America$
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Beth Linker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226482538

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226482552.001.0001

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Rehabilitating the Industrial Army

Rehabilitating the Industrial Army

(p.148) Seven Rehabilitating the Industrial Army
War's Waste
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the rehabilitation of the industrial army. Legislation that passed during the Great War for the disabled soldier was a crucial steppingstone in making rehabilitation available to the disabled civilian laborer from 1920 onward. The army's rehabilitation facilities promised to be larger in scale and production than any civilian hospital in existence. The Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act (CVRA) provided disabled workers with educational benefits, not health care. Rehabilitative medicine would become much easier to find in post-World War I America. Although providing rehabilitative medical care to disabled soldiers was originally conceived of as a means to bring an end to the long-term commitment represented by veterans pensions, it ultimately led to a change in the nature and terms of the federal government's responsibility to its injured soldiers of war. The institution of rehabilitation during the First World War medicalized veteran welfare.

Keywords:   rehabilitation, industrial army, CVRA, rehabilitative medicine, rehabilitative medical care, disabled soldiers, federal government, veteran welfare

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