Throughout the years, Veterans Day adopts a new meaning and context for each generation. When I was growing up, the holiday felt (and still is) very much attached to the WWII and Korean War veterans of my grandparents’ generation. Now, as the child of baby boomer parents and witness to the events of 9/11, the holiday resonates more closely for me with the service members of the Vietnam and Second Gulf War.
Both of these former conflicts have received more proactive attention in recent years due to the extensive tours conducted by veterans during their time in service. In one of his final televised appearances, President Obama sat down with members of the armed forces to discuss current issues facing veterans in civilian life including unmanaged PTSD and lapsed quality in government managed healthcare.
Many publications and projects have done an invaluable job of documenting these issues as well as other components of American veteran history. Check out these recommended resources from Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to commemorate Veterans Day past and present:
Poster Girl directed by Sara Nesson (2012)
Profiles Robynn Murray, an Iraq War veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder and her battle to overcome her struggles in civilian life.
Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting: Poems by Kevin Powers (2014)
Collection of poems by Iraq War Army veteran reflecting on his life in rural Texas as well as his career and experiences in the Middle East.
FOLD3 History and Genealogy Archives from Proquest
Explore digitally archived “US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served, as well as access to naturalization records/indexes, city directories, historical newspapers and more.” Time span captured ranges from the Revolutionary War to recent international conflicts. Access this eResource with your CLP library card subscription.