Referral of Non-service Connected Veterans With Neuropsychiatric Disabilities to Mental Hygiene Facilities
Background of the Study. Throughout history, the veteran has been known to every age and every nation. The returning soldier, regardless of time or place, has had social problems because of his misfortunes and his needs. Consequently, each society has struggled with the problem of how to meet his needs. The approach, generally, has been dependent upon the political philosophy and structure of the particular society. According to Willard Waller, Associate Professor, Columbia University, traditional treatment of the veteran in the United States has been one of neglect for a number of years after a major war. The veteran was forgotten until he emerged as a powerful political force. When public sentiment was aroused, legislation was enacted to provide for him and to atone for United States’ negligence. The passage of Public Law 144 by the 78th Congress in July 1945 is proof that we learn from experience. This was the first time in American history that planning for the veteran preceded demobilization. This Act awarded benefits to the veteran with service connected disabilities, based upon average impairment of earning capacity. Service connection means "establishment of the incurrence of the injury of disease or aggravation of a pre-existing injury or disease resulting in disability coincidentally with the period of active military or naval service."
Military studies|Public policy|Clinical psychology|American history
Pullie, Alverada, "Referral of Non-service Connected Veterans With Neuropsychiatric Disabilities to Mental Hygiene Facilities" (1954). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670787.