The health care of veterans has long been a consideration for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1924, the World War Veterans’ Legislation Committee was created to draft legislation related to the United States Veterans’ Bureau, compensation, insurance, and other issues of World War I veterans.
This petition, a concurrent resolution from the state legislature of Indiana, urges the U.S. Congress to establish a hospital for veterans within the state. The resolution argues that, “As Indiana is the center of population of the United States, a nucleus of the agricultural and industrial elements, the greatest railroad center of the world, and easily accessible by highways,” a veterans’ hospital would serve the area well. This petition was introduced by Indiana Representative William Robert Wood and subsequently referred to the World War Veterans’ Legislation Committee. After the creation of the Veterans Administration, a health facility serving veterans opened in Indiana in 1932.