THE NEW VETERAN by Charles G. Beite


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A discussion -- not of what to -- or not to -- say to your GI when he comes home, but primarily of his status now that he is here and facing a world still lost is international indifference and indecision. The author, who lost his leg and his two closest friends, found America a source of disillusion and bitterness. The lack of civilian participation in the war, the lack of any organized attempt actually to come to grips with veteran problems. Then comes a critique of the American Legion, run from the top down, decadent in its traditionalism; of the Veterans' Administration which until its present reform was thoroughly incompetent. And he writes at length of the organization he has helped form, the American Veterans' Committee, in order to meet the more representative, more equalitarian demands of this war's soldiers -- to help enforce their dictum, ""Peace, Jobs and Freedom"", and see that the misnamed ""veteran"" gets a chance to be a civilian. Aware, progressive, forthright, one can just hope that such a book and such a group may avert what begins to look like losing the war they won.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1945
Publisher: Reynal & Hitchcock