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date: 30 November 2021

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War is an abiding cause of death, disability, and disease. Disabled and chronically ill veterans of military conflict, as well as civilian victims of wars, have been neglected, both in popular memories and in academic research. But as long as people find disabled veterans convenient symbols of patriotism and sacrifice, they will continue to be a special project of the state, with a unique status separate from nondisabled and disabled civilians. Though there is still no synthesis of the history of disabled veterans, the outlines of one have been taking shape, emphasizing (1) the evolving nature of injuries to bodies and minds in the contexts of warfare, weaponry, and military medicine; (2) military citizenship; (3) identity; and (4) cultural representations.

Keywords: war, disabled veterans, military medicine, military citizenship, rehabilitation

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