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Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

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National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Tourism, History, and Preservation Websites
Bath Branch - Bath, New York
Bath VA Medical Center
Greater Bath/Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce

Battle Mountain Sanitarium - Hot Springs, South Dakota
VA Black Hills Health Care System - Hot Springs Campus
Pioneer Museum in Hot Springs, South Dakota
Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce
Black Hills Visitor Information Center
South Dakota Office of Tourism

Central Branch - Dayton, Ohio
Dayton VA Medical Center
National Aviation Heritage Area
Dayton Virtual Museum
Dayton, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
City of Dayton Visitor's Guide

Danville Branch - Danville, Illinois
VA Illiana Health Care System
Danville Area’s Convention and Visitors Bureau
Danville Area Community College

Eastern Branch - Togus, Maine
Togus VA Medical Center (Now called VA Maine Healthcare System)
Official Website for State of Maine 
City of Augusta
City of Portland
Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland

Marion Branch - Marion, Indiana
VA Northern Indiana Health Care System - Marion Campus
Marion Chamber of Commerce
Marion-Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Northwestern Branch - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau
Historic Milwaukee VA
Reclaiming Our Heritage Annual Event
West Side Soldiers Aid Society
Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Mountain Branch - Johnson City, Tennessee
Mountain Home VA Medical Center
Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau

Pacific Branch - Los Angeles, California
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
The Official Guide Los Angeles

Southern Branch - Hampton, Branch
Hampton VA Medical Center
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Western Branch - Leavenworth, Kansas

VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System - Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center
Leavenworth Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, Kansas

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Other Relevant Websites
American Memory Search the Library of Congress American Memory website for documents, photographs, and other materials about the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 6.3 million soldier records in the National Archives. The facts about the soldiers were entered from records that are indexed to many millions of other documents about Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Department of Veterans Affairs The Department of Veterans Affairs provides veterans with services including education and training, medical care, compensation and pensions, home loan assistance, insurance, vocational rehabilitation, and burial rights in the National Cemeteries.

Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries Other travel itineraries in the National Park Service's ongoing series include many historic destinations that you can visit online or in person.  Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, community, or theme.

Heritage Documentation Programs in the American Memory: Built in America Heritage Documentation Programs, National Park Service administers HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government’s oldest operating preservation program, and companion programs, HAER (Historic American Engineering Record), HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey), and CRGIS (Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems). Drawings, maps, photographs, and historical reports produced through the programs and archived at the Library of Congress constitute the nation’s largest collection of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.

Historic Hotels of America A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of this itinerary.

National Cemetery Administration's Volunteer website The Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration's Volunteer web page provides those looking to honor veterans through volunteer service with information on different opportunities at cemeteries nationwide.

National Heritage Areas Places designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally-distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These areas tell nationally important stories about our nation and are representative of the national experience through both the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved within them.

National Historic Landmarks National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value in interpreting the heritage of the United States. Approximately 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction.

National Park Service The main National Park Service website is the gateway to national parks, information on preserving America’s history and culture in parks and communities, and a vast amount of other useful information on National Park Service programs, history and culture, nature and science, education, and other topics.

National Park Service Civil War In preparation for the Sesquicentennial, the National Park Service-through the collective efforts of the superintendents at Civil War-related parks- has undertaken a multi-faceted, multi-year, integrated program that will simultaneously transform and improve interpretation of the Civil War. Our National Parks in partnership with State and local communities will provide a national forum on this website for this commemoration.

National Park Service Office of Tourism
National Parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the National Park Service promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.

National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official inventory of historic places worthy of preservation. Districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture are included in the National Register, which is expanded and maintained by the National Park Service (NPS). The National Register website is the gateway to information on authentic registered historic places, the benefits of recognition, and how to become involved in identifying, nominating to the National Register, and protecting these irreplaceable reminders of our heritage.

National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation is an United States Congress-chartered non-profit group that preserves historic places, publishes information about preservation, and operates preservation initiatives. Learn about the programs and membership in the oldest national nonprofit preservation organization.

The Preserve America Communities program recognizes and designates communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.

Teaching with Historic Places This website, maintained by the National Park Service, offers online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators to help teachers use historic places in the classroom.  Each lesson is linked to national standards for history and the social studies. Teachers and others interested in developing service learning activities for students will find helpful suggestions and other information on the Service Learning section of the Teaching with Historic Places website. Possible projects for students include giving guided tours of the historic medical facilities and conducting oral history interviews of veterans.

VA Voluntary Service Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service is the largest volunteer program in the Federal government.  Men and women from their teens to their nineties become volunteer partners on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care team.  Voluntary Service matches the volunteer to the assignment, provides orientation and training for volunteers, and maintains an awards program to recognize volunteer service.

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Selected Bibliography for the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
Annual Report of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.  Veterans Administration Central Library, Washington, D.C.

Cetina, Judith Gladys.  “A History of Veterans’ Homes in the United States, 1811-1930.”  Ph.D. diss., Case Western Reserve University, 1977.

Chasen, Everett and James Simpson.  “Care for Veterans: Civil War Legacy Lives on at Togus.” [Department of Veterans Affairs] Vanguard, September/October 1991.

Department of Veterans Affairs. The Veterans Benefits Administration: An Organizational History 1776-1994.  Washington, D.C.: Veterans Benefits Administration [1995]. 

Goode, Paul R. The United States Soldiers’ Home: A History of its First Hundred Years.  Privately published, 1957. 

Hall, Taffey.  “The Mountain Home Veterans Complex in Johnson City, Tennessee: A Symbol of a Progressive Upper East Tennessee Identity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.”  Master’s thesis, Middle Tennessee State University, 2005.

Hartman, Susan Kay.  “A History of Mountain Home.” Master’s thesis, East Tennessee State University, 1984.

Hickel, R. Walter.  “War, Region and Social Welfare: Federal Aid to Servicemen’s Dependents in the South, 1917-1921.”  Journal of American History 84 (March 2001).

Julin, Suzanne. “Draft: National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers; Assessment of Significance and National Historic Landmark Recommendations,” a study completed in 2007 under a Cooperative Agreement between the National Council on Public History and the National Park Service, Midwest Regional Office.

Kelly, Patrick J.  Creating a National Home: Building the Veterans’ Welfare State, 1860-1900.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.

Marten, James. “A Place of Great Beauty, Improved by Man: The Soldiers’ Home and Victorian Milwaukee.”  Milwaukee History: the Magazine of the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  22 (Spring 1999).

Obermann, C. Esco.  A History of Vocational Rehabilitation in America.  Minneapolis, Minnesota: T.S. Denison and Company, Inc., 1965.

President’s Commission on Veterans’ Pensions.  The Historical Development of Veterans Benefits in the United States.   Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1956.

Proceedings of the Board of Managers of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.  Veterans Administration Central Library, Washington, D.C. July, 1884-1927.

Steer, Edward.  “Expansion of the National Cemetery System, 1880-1900,” Shrines of the Honored Dead, A Study of the National Cemetery System.  Department of the Army, Office of the Quartermaster General, n.d.