Revolutionary War veterans were discharged from their service with little to no tangible guarantee of pay. In fact, during the war, the Continental Army was routinely ill-paid and ill-equipped. Bitterness and unrest over poor conditions led to serious problems, even a few uprisings, in the ranks.
There were many reasons for the young nation's failure to adequately care for its Revolutionary War veterans, but the two leading culprits were:
1. An Economy is Disarray
2. A Weak Central Government
Both of these problems would, in time, be addressed. But they were addressed too late for many war veterans.
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