“Warriors have been rewarded for their service or their families have been provided support, since the beginning of organized society. From the veterans of Egypt in the third millennium B.C. through the Crusaders of medieval Europe, to veterans of today, governments have compensated their military personnel or their survivors, for loss of life, wounds, injuries, or length of service in defense of the state.
Virtually all nations throughout history have provided some form of reward to war veterans or their survivors. With treasuries depleted by war or because of a faltering state administration, governments have not always provided financial [support] or heath care. Disabled veterans were often reduced to begging, and they occasionally rose in arms against the governments they once defended.
Readjustment back into civilian life has posed problems for veterans and the societies to which they returned for thousands of years. As nations grappled with these problems they created programs which not only helped the former soldier, but often helped all citizens. This is the historical legacy to which todays veteran programs can lay claim.”
(– Taken from a placard at the V.A. regional office N.Y.C. and provided by my Veteran friend Jose)