Homeward Bound: American Veterans Return from War
Eugene, Toni, Army
Homeward Bound: American Veterans Return from War. Richard H. Taylor with Sandra Wright Taylor. Praeger security International. 224 pages; black and white photographs; index; $49.95.
In Homeward Bound, Richard H. Taylor records the problems American veterans have faced when they returned home from various wars. Beginning with the soldiers of the American Revolutionary War, who found few job opportunities and limited support waiting for them at home, Homeward Bound relates many of the shared experiences and hopes of those who served their country and describes the difficulties they encountered moving from battleground to the home front.
Taylor explores and connects the individual experiences of veterans from the Continental Army, the MexicanAmerican War and the War of 1812 through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, describing their dreams and their disappointments and noting significant legislation along the way. Among the recurring concerns veterans have shared over the years are medical care, job training and placement, social acceptance, disability payments, education, retirement and even their own burials. Taylor also brings the treatment of women and minority veterans into his story, recording their many contributions as far back as the late 1700s and addressing the unique biases they encountered. …