After World War II, veterans began returning home. Many chose to relocate to Arizona. However, there was no Veteran’s Affairs hospital in the Phoenix area until 1951, and a shortage of jobs and houses also made the years immediately after World War II ended difficult for veterans.
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Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents.
- Letter from Chester Smith to Gov. Osborn, June 22 1945
- Letter from Governor Osborn to Smith, July 3 1945
- Veteran's Hospitals Letter from Mrs. R. Murrell to Governor Osborn, August 18 1945
- Veteran's Hospitals Letter from Governor Osborn to Mrs. R. Murrell, August 23 1945
- Letter from W. B. Williamson of the Veteran's Protective and Welfare Association AZ Division to Gov Osborn, December 20 1945
- State Veterans' Service Officer's Report to Governor Osborn, January 29 1946
- Letter from Spencer Thompson, Veteran's Service Officer to Walter Moore Royal Jr., February 26 1946
- Telegram Langdon W. Post to Gov. Osborn December 28 1946
- Letter from Langdon W Post, Region VI Director, National Housing Agency FPHA to Governor Osborn, January 27, 1947
- 1947-1948 Letter from Harold Adamson to Carl Hayden, March 10 1947
- When did World War II end? What issues did returning veterans face?
- Who created the documents linked above? What issues do they address? How do the issues in these documents differ from the issues described in the Arizona Time Capsule entry Labor on the Home Front?
- What did Arizona and the federal government do to help returning veterans? What else might they have done? What would you have done to help returning veterans, and why?
Visit the websites below to learn more. Based on this new information, have your answers to the questions above changed?