Fort Polk was home to a joint service training center, two major infantry formations, and a major support hospital when the Second Great Depression struck. The desertions that became a daily occurrence in the federal military greatly reduced their manpower, and cost them many supplies, but United States Army bases boasted impressive amounts of material in those days. They were designed to survive Acts of God and the end of Civilization as we knew it. So when New Orleans fell into chaos, the parishes of western Louisiana looked to Fort Polk for aid. Fort Polk was quick to answer, and helped the areas around them as best they could. Which was a great deal as it happened.