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