Friday, April 16, 2010

RESOURCE: Veterans Affairs Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

Veterans Affairs Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

After the devastating aftermath of the Civil War, the United States government decided to create a number of homes for disabled Union veterans. Eventually, eleven homes would be built, and they were eventually incorporated into the Veterans Bureau in 1930. This most welcome Shared Heritage Travel itinerary offered by the National Park Service creates a roadmap for visitors who wish to learn about this rather compelling aspect of American history. The site contains nine separate sections, including "Essays", "List of Sites", and "Maps". The three essays cover the history of the National Homes and daily life at the homes throughout the 19th century. Moving on, the "List of Sites" area contains links to additional information about the various homes, which are in places like Dayton, Milwaukee, and Togus, Maine. Overall, this is a great way to learn about a forgotten aspect of the country's history, and it might just inspire a future road trip.