|Title:||Veterans of Foreign Wars Rainbow Post 2681 collection|
|Quantity:||1.5 Linear feet|
The Veterans of Foreign Wars began in 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) returned with little available medical care or veteran's pension. Left alone, they created organizations to help support one another. By 1915, their membership was 5,000. By 1936, after World War I and at the start of World War II, the membership was at 200,000.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars advocates and protects veterans having returned to civilian society. The organization has helped establish the Veterans Administration, the GI Bill, the national cemetery system, and compensation for soldiers exposed to chemical agents such as Agent Orange.
Rainbow Post 2681 is a chapter in Marietta, Georgia for the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division. Rainbow is a division of the National Guard and the United States Army, having served in World War I, World War II, and in the Global War on Terrorism. Most 42nd Infantry soldiers reside in New York or New Jersey.
The collection consists of photographs from the Pacific and Europe, a war ration book and US war savings certificate, two books (Hersey's "Of Men and War" and Toland's "Battle: The Story of the Bulge") and a World War I "Stars and Stripes" issue of 11 October 1918.
These personal items were collected and donated by several members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rainbow Post 2681 in Marietta, Ga., who participated in WWII. They were donated as a unit.
Arranged by record type.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Rainbow Post 2681 collection. MS 2996. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.