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Army veteran Valerie Brown helps out in the student veteran’s affairs office on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus.

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State disability funds going broke, and going away

With hundreds of thousands of wounded veterans looking for work after World War II, many states offered businesses an incentive to hire the returning heroes. They created special disability funds to help pay the tab should a soldier with a missing arm or eye suffer a second, debilitating injury in a private-sector job.

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