Who made up the Bonus Army that marched on Washington?
World War I veterans and their families that wanted to be paid cash for their service in world war I
in 1932 hurting due to the depression an Army of World War I veterans descended on Washington DC to demand that the government pay them cash for their service certificates.
Estimates range from 12,000 to 17,000 veterans and up to 43,000 people counting their families and supporters. The veterans were owed the money but government did not want to pay the veterans.
The bonus army were organized to demand the bonuses promised them. The army was made up of 12,000 - 17,000 veterans and their supporters.