The Wounded Warrior Project: American Society and Conscription

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Bill Getschman

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Fred Johnson

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In recent years, there have been sharp increases in displays of gratitude toward America’s military veterans. Every Memorial Day, Fourth of July, September 11th, and Veterans Day, the Internet, television, and various forms of social media are inundated with expressions of thanks for veterans and the fallen. Businesses, celebrities, politicians, and others who fail to show some form of gratitude (Twitter, Facebook, press conference, etc.) run the risk of being perceived as un-American. Firsthand interviews with veterans and secondary source research have led me to conclude that America should require some type (military, educational, governmental, public-private partnership, etc.) of post-high civil service. My project explores the socioeconomic and cultural reasons for supporting the establishment of a policy of national service.


This project was supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts & Humanities at Hope College.

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