After returning from WWII, over 1 million black americans were denied the benefits of the GI bill for free education and low rate home loans.
Gilbert Seltzer, a WW2 veteran, lead a secret platoon of men within a unit dubbed the ‘Ghost Army’. Made up of artists, creatives & engineers, their job was creating deception about the enemy. From inflatable tanks to scripted bar conversations, this unit’s work led to big US wins.
The eternal flame at Bullhead City, Arizona, only lasted until city officials received a US$961 gas bill. It has been relighted after complaints by veterans groups.
The last surviving Civil War veteran lived long enough to have seen television.
A Canadian military veteran amputee had to submit annual paperwork to prove his legs were still missing in order to continue his disability benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs still pays a pension to one surviving daughter of a Civil War veteran.
There are currently living children of Civil War Veterans 150 years after the war, who can still recall their fathers’ war stories.
During WWII Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
The Department of Veterans Affairs set up a special 800 number to help the hundreds of former soldiers who were traumatized after seeing Saving Private Ryan.
A widow of a WWII veteran never learned the exact fate of her husband. After 68 years she found that he was not only buried in France. But that a town in France has been honoring him for the last 68 years.