Our government long ago recognized a duty to provide
for injured Veterans. As early as 1636 the Plymouth Colony mandated that,
any man shalbee sent forth as a souldier
and shall return maimed
by the Collonie during his life
In 1865 as Abraham
Lincoln delivered his Second Inaugural Address, he recognized the enormous toll
of death and injury inflicted on America's soldiers during the Civil War. As
part of his plan to heal the nation he spoke of the need,
for him who shall have borne the battle
and for his widow and his orphan...
"Old Soldiers' Soldier" in Time Magazine, dated 01 April 1946 about
our country's responsibility to our veterans.