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San Luis Valley Museum hosts Veterans Appreciation Month

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 13th, 2013

Dr. Edward Crowther and Dorothy Brandt discuss the history of Veterans’ Day and the roles of both men and women who serve in the military. Photo by Phil Ray Jack

ALAMOSA — The challenges that veterans face in recent history may be different, but the problems are the same, according to Dr. Edward Crowther, chairman of the Department of History, Government and Philosophy at Adams State University.

Crowther spoke to a group of veterans and veteran supporters at the San Luis Valley Museum this weekend as part of “Veterans Appreciation Month” at the museum.

The original title of the presentation was “When Johnnie Comes Marching Home: U.S. Veterans from the Civil War Until Today,” but Crowther wanted to recognize and honor the women who have also served. “I now call it ‘When Johnnie and Jane Come Marching Home.”

According to Crowther, the toll of battle has always left scars on those who are called to serve. Some of those scars are physical and easy to see, but others remain hidden. While Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new term, it has always been common among those who have experienced battle conditions.

The thing that makes today’s challenges for veterans different is that a smaller percentage of Americans are called to serve.

Sixteen million men and women served in the armed forces during WWII, Crowther pointed out. At that time, the population of the United States was approximately 133 million. Besides that, the country’s industry had been directed toward supplying the forces, so almost everyone was affected personally by the war.

By comparison, a little more than two million Americans served in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, out of a population of more than 300 million.

For the complete article see the 11-13-2013 issue.

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