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Poster explaining government policies toward disabled military personnel.
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Title: Facts Of Interest To The Disabled Soldier Or Sailor
From: Exhibit Of The Red Cross Institute For Crippled And Disabled Men And The Red Cross Institute For The Blind
Original caption: Facts of Interest to the Disabled Soldier or Sailor

The military and naval authorities will provide him, not only with ordinary medical care, but also with special treatment to put him in the best condition possible to return to work.

While he is under treatment in reconstruction hospitals maintained by the Surgeon-General, U. S. Army, and educational advantages, which will promote his recovery, put his time to good use, and improve his chances for the future.

If he has lost an arm or a leg, a temporary artificial limb will be furnished him at as early a date as possible while he is still in the hospital. Later a permanent artificial limb of the most modern type will be provided by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance. It will be kept in repair and replaced when worn out, as long as he lives, at government expense.

After completion of treatment and discharge from the army or navy, if he remains permanently disabled, the Bureau of War Risk Insurance will pay him until the end of his life disability compensation, which is intended as an aid in working out his future plans.

This compensation for disability is paid whether or not he has taken out a policy of war risk insurance.

After discharge from the service, if he is disabled to any considerable degree-so as to be entitled to compensation for disability -- he is offered training for a skilled dob in which his injury will not prevent his earning good wages. Experience of our Allies has shown this to be entirely practicable.

Compensation for permanent disability, will not be reduced or in any way be affected by what he may be able to earn. It is determined by his physical injury alone. He may have earned before enlistment $20 a week and be able after disability, by reason of having taken a course of training, to earn $40 a week, yet his compensation will be paid him just the same.

Training after discharge will be provided him at government expense by the Federal Board for Vocational Education, charged by Congress with the responsibility of restoring him to self-support.

During the course of training, in order that he may have no financial worries, he will receive either the same pay as during his last month in the service or his compensation for disability, whichever is larger. His family will continue to receive the same allotment and allowances as when he was in the service

It is greatly to his advantage to avail himself of all opportunities of training, either before or after discharge. While it may be easy now for even a disabled man to get a well-paid but temporary job, the labor situation will be different in the years after the war when normal conditions return. If he wants to be independent and self-supporting in the future he must prepare now so that later he will be a skilled worker and his services will be in demand.

When training is completed the government will find for him a desirable job. This service will be performed for him by the Federal Board for Vocational Education in cooperation with the United States Employment Service.

During the period of training and after, the American Red Cross, through its home service sections, will look after the needs of his family, and advise on any points in connection with which it can be helpful.

After he returns home and enters on employment the home service section of the American Red Cross will stand by as a big brother to help in any possible way to make successful his change from the world of the soldier back to the world of industry and commerce. In all this work the Red Cross recognizes the leadership of the government.

Employers are giving careful thought to the selection of jobs in which his services can be used to the best advantage –- in which he can be paid good wages and earn the. The employers realize that what he wants is not charity, but the opportunity of self-support.

Labor unions are giving thought to the ways in which disabled men may best be replaced in their trades, and are prepared to assist the readjustment to the greatest possible degree.

The people of the United States are resolved that he shall have every advantage within their resource and every chance to make good and get back on his feet.

America is looking to her men disabled in the splendid job overseas to “carry on” after their return home, to continue into civilian life the standards of self-respect, honor, and courage of the A.F.F. She is looking to her disabled men to take rank among the most useful and respected members of the community.
Creator: n/a
Date: 1919
Format: Poster
Source: Library of Congress
Control no.: POS - WWI - US, no. 45 (C size) [P&P]
Keywords: American Red Cross; Amputees; Assistive Technology; Economics; Employment; Insurance; Labor; Labor & Commerce; Physical Disability; Publicity; Service Organizations; Technology & Equipment; Veterans; Veterans & Military; Vocational Rehabilitation; War; War Risk Insurance; Work; WWI
Topics: Government, Policy & Law; Institutions, Organizations & Corporations

Objects From This Artifact:
- A Successful Workman (still)
- At Work Again, Back To The Farm (still)
- Back Home (still)
- Facts Of Interest To The Disabled Soldier Or Sailor (still)
- First Steps To Usefulness (still)
- Future Members Of The Fourth Estate (still)
- Future Ship Workers, A One-armed Welder (still)
- Good Use Of Time In Hospital (still)
- India Restores Her War Cripples To Self-support (still)
- In France, Two Popular Trades Taught Disabled Soldiers Are Cabinet-making And Tailoring (still)
- Learning To Walk For The Second Time (still)
- No Longer Out Of A Job (still)
- Reading And Writing Are Not Lost Arts To Blinded Men (still)
- The Disabled Man Who Is Profitably Employed Is No Longer Handicapped (still)
- The Lure Of The Movies (still)
- What Can The Blinded Man Do In The World Of Commerce And Industry (still)
- With Compass And T-square (still)