Annotated Bibliography

December 7th, 2011

Frank, Stanley. “We Licked The Veteran Problem.” Benjamin Franklin Literary & Medical Society 228.18 (1955): 20-74. Print.

Stanley Frank’s article concerns itself with the government’s response to returning soldiers after World War II. Many returning veterans came home with very negative attitudes. They were angry with the lost years they spent in the service and their inability to move on with their lives. The government, as a result, provided the GI Bill which enabled veterans to go to college tuition free, receive pensions and provide assistance to the disabled. This project totaled over $48 billion. “It extended every possible assistance to help him regain the normalcy he wanted above all other things.” (Frank, 21) The GI Bill enabled returning soldiers to re-enter civilian life as normal men and women. “Don’t con me. Everybody knows those draft dodgers never had it so good.” (Frank, 69) Veterans were basically envious of draft dodgers who escaped the draft and led normal lives while they were fighting World War II. This source will be most useful in my project because it illustrates how difficult conditions are for returning soldiers. Had there been a GI Bill after World War I where Brian Dalyrimple could have receive assistance, he would have been able to get a better job and not have to resort to a life of crime to subsidize his measly salary.

 Mirowsky, John, and Catherine E. Ross. “Age And The Effect Of Economic Hardship On Depression.” Journal Of Health & Social Behavior 42.2 (2001): 132-150. Academic Search Complete. Web. 19 Nov. 2011.

     This article concerns itself with how economic hardships for an individual affects his personality, his thought process and his behavior which all leads to depression in a person. When a person is suffering from lack of money and his ability to meet his daily needs, his personality will invariably change and he will do things that are unlike his usual self. His thinking will change which will lead him to behave differently than ever before. John Mirowsky and Catherine E. Ross, state that older people do not experience economic hardship as much as younger people. Even if the younger person does not have a spouse or children, their needs are greater than an older adult and when the younger person’s money does not cover their necessities they become depressed and behave irrationally. Included in the article is a graph that illustrates that people of 25 years suffer from depression due to economic hardship on an average of three days per week as opposed to 1 1/2 days for people of 85 years. (Mirowsky, 142) This research explains perfectly why Dalyrimple became a criminal. The information presented in this article proves that adults of approximately 25 years, which was close to the age of Dalyrimple, have many emotional problems due to economic hardships. I will definitely use this information for my project because it will help me state the facts for Dalyrimple’s behavior.

Mulrine, Anna. “Veteran’s Day: why 22 percent of young vets are unemployed.” Christian Science Monitor 11 Nov. 2011: N.PAG. Academic Search Complete. Web. 18 Nov. 2011.

This article deals with the problems and adjustments that a military person has to deal with when making a transition into civilian life. One of the biggest problems that he/she has to face is finding employment upon return from the war. In the United States there is an organization called USA Cares. This organization helps train returning soldiers in the field of construction training them to become welders, electricians and carpenters so that upon completion of their training they can compete in the civilian job market. “A lot of veterans are in the same position–they come out and they’re pretty lost.” (Mulrine) When soldiers return from their stint in the military many return untrained, unskilled and unemployed. They need the training to find a job. “If you were a door gunner in a Chinook (helicopter), that’s a great skill, but it’s not translatable if you’re trying to find a job as a welder.” (Mulrine) Military jobs are very important to the safety of our country but not very employable on the home front. This source will be useful because it helps me to understand the position that Dalyrimple was in when he returned from fighting in World War I. I am better able to sympathize and empathize with Dalyrimple and his limited selection of positions in the job market.

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