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When Herbert Hoover became President in 1929, the care of America’s veterans was one of the nation’s most pressing issues. At the start of the Hoover administration, veteran services were vested in three different, overlapping agencies. Under Hoover, these agencies were combined into a single Veterans Administration. During the Great Depression, thousands of veterans came to Washington, DC to protest and call for an early payment of a promised bonus for their military service. The controversial response of the Hoover administration to this protest is still a topic of debate among historians.

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