Veterans in Beekeeping – In Honor of All Our War Veterans.

 

vets beekeeping
Image: 1919 Pamphlet; Bee
Keeping to the Disabled Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines to Aid Them in Choosing a
Vocation

During WW1 the Federal Government was concerned about disabled
veterans finding work when they returned from the war. Because of advancements
in warfare, veterans were coming home with severe war injuries, and the
Government was concerned about the disabled veterans ability to integrate back
into society and earn a living. The Government developed vocational training for
veterans in various fields of work to help advance them in the direction of the
occupation of which he or she choose. One of the programs developed to help
wounded veterans adapt to their injuries was Beekeeping. Beekeeping was
considered a viable alternative career because a veteran could work alone, and a
slower pace, and still contribute to society. 
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A group of seven extension
workers was hired to teach better beekeeping methods to the veterans. -George
Demuth, Dr, E.F. Phillips, Frank Pellett, Jay Smith, E. R, Root, and M. I.
Mendelson. Walter Quick wrote the pamphlet pictured above in 1919, titled: “Bee
Keeping to the Disabled Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines to Aid Them in Choosing a
Vocation” (Ref. Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation. By Tammy
Horn)
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