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In the Shadow of the Greatest GenerationThe Americans Who Fought the Korean War$
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Melinda L. Pash

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814767696

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814767696.001.0001

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Coming Home

Coming Home

(p.183) 7 Coming Home
In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation

Melinda L. Pash

NYU Press

This chapter examines the process of leaving Korea and what happened to veterans once they returned to the home front. In contrast to previous wars, Korean War veterans returned home individually, rotating out after collecting a set number of points based on length and type of service in country. Some were greeted with parades or welcoming bands, but most experienced a quieter homecoming. Instead of celebrating the end of the war as in 1945, Americans gave little thought to it and seemed anxious to simply put Korea behind them as soon as possible. Congress passed a Korean GI Bill in 1952, but it was less generous than that of World War II in its readjustment benefits. This chapter considers the problems and issues that Korean War veterans had to deal with upon their return to their homeland and in trying to readjust to civilian life, including those relating to compensation and other benefits, employment, posttraumatic stress disorder, physical impairments and injuries, and segregation.

Keywords:   civilian life, Korean War veterans, Korean GI Bill, readjustment benefits, Korean War, compensation, employment, posttraumatic stress disorder, segregation, homecoming

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