The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, will honor all living and dead American disabled war veterans, "regardless of conflict".
I could not help but think back to the Civil War. None of the images I saw connected to this memorial seem to be of the Civil War era. Yet, this war made our country, for better or worse (actually, both, in my opinion), what it is today. I hope that the intent of this memorial is to honor the brave men and women (yes, women) who fought on both sides of our United States Civil War.
What happened when the wounded vets, many of them amputees due to the state of battlefield medicine in the 1860's, ccame back home after the war concluded in 1865? Have you ever wondered?
How many wounded veterans of the war returned? A lot. They numbered in the hundreds of thousands.
Experiences differed somewhat for the veterans of the former Confederacy and the veterans of the Union Army. The Union disabled veterans suffered, but one advantage they had was being on the winning side of the war.
The disabled Confederate veterans were banned from getting much, if any, help from the United States government (including the granting of pensions to the disabled) by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. (This was remedied in law in 1958, but by then, most anyone eligible for help had died.) They, and their hometowns (many reduced to rubble as the war was fought mainly in the South), suffered terribly.
My father, as my regular blog readers know, was a disabled veteran of World War II. My ancestors did not come to the United States until the 20th century, so I had no blood relatives in the Civil War (to the best of my knowledge.) But, due to my experiences growing up as the daughter of a disabled veteran, I hope that the intent of this memorial extends to those who fought in this domestic war of family against family.