Topics: Veterans Affairs

Cosmo's editors were focused on other things in 1945

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America's veterans have regularly become the focus of political controversy in this country, with the Bonus March of the New Deal era being perhaps the most famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective).

But the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has only been around since 1930, and it has rarely been in the headlines as often as it has been in 2014.

Right after World War II, however, VA was very much in the headlines, and sometimes in what might today seem unexpected places.

In the April 1945 edition of Reader's Digest, for example, there appeared a story headlined "The Veteran Betrayed."

Look closely on the accompanying shot of the first page of that article and you will see that it was condensed from the original version in Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Apparently Helen Gurley Brown had not yet arrived on the scene.

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Mark Tapscott

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The Washington Examiner