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War-time conditions inspired the collection of the material in this bulletin, issued by the Children's Bureau. The report deals with all the various types of pensions granted by the different belligerent nations. For the benefit of our own country, whose pension laws were admittedly inadequate to meet the emergency, a careful study was made of the various systems of caring for soldiers and their dependents in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa and Switzerland. Special attention is called in the bulletin to the tendency of European nations to make almost universal provision for separate allowances paid to the families of men in active service. This practice contrasts sharply with the policy of the United States, which made no allowance for the families of men in active service. Great Britain and its colonies and Russia pay regular sums to the wife and children
Governmental Provisions in the United States and Foreign Countries for Members of the Military Forces and Their Dependents. JAMA. 1918;70(1):52. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600010050030
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