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War, Deaf History of and Participation in

  • By: Keith Nolan
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf people have both been impacted by war and participated in many military operations around the world. While restrictions have at times been placed on deaf people seeking an opportunity to serve their countries, as the following summary reveals, both historically and today, deaf people have been active in military operations and in many capacities. This entry offers a chronological overview of some of the most significant military contributions made by deaf people with a focus on the U.S. military history, as well as a brief overview of some of the legislative changes that have supported deaf people’s increased involved in the military over the past century.

Deaf People’s Involvement in Major Military Operations

In the 1830s, during the Texas War of Independence, Erastus “Deaf” Smith, aka ...

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