Veterans Benefits during the Revolution

In the Spring of 1775, battles with the British at Lexington and Concord marked the start of the Revolutionary War, and the Second Continental Congress soon convened in preparation for independence. Notably, veterans benefits were as much a topic of conversation for the Founders as the creation of the new government itself. Members of the Continental Congress saw fit to create the first committee on veterans benefits even before the Declaration of Independence. Later that summer, one of the first laws of the new nation was the creation of a veterans benefits system.

1776 Greene to Adams
June 20, 1776 | 1st National Veterans Committee – Continental Congress
August 26, 1776 | 1st National Veterans Benefits law – Continental Congress
August 24, 1780 | Death Benefits for Widows – Continental Congress
October 21, 1780 | Officers Granted 1/2 Pay Pensions for Life – Continental Congress
September 29, 1789 | 1st Disabled Veterans Benefits System of the United States

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