Veterans Issues: From the Civil War to Today

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How to care for veterans, and contend with the many issues resulting from war-related service and combat, has been a theme throughout history. Maine was a leader in providing services to veterans immediately following the Civil War—Togus, now Maine’s VA Hospital, originated as a veterans’ home in 1866. A panel of experts draws the threads from Civil War-era veterans’ affairs to what today’s servicemen and women returning home face.

Panelists: Togus historian Donald Beattie,, author of two volumes (and working on a third) on the hospital’s history; Ryan Lilly, Director, Maine VA Healthcare System; and Amy Marcotte, Team Leader, Sanford Vet Center, who served in the United States Army with the 10th Mountain Infantry Division, deployed to both Somalia and Haiti.