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RECOMMENDATIONS OF VETERANS'

RGANIZATIONS, 1973

4 - MAY 15

Copy 1973
Whitd States.coms HEARINGS
Hoelse.
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

BEFORE THE

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NINETY-THIRD CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

RECOMMENDATIONS OF NATIONAL COMMANDERS OF THE
AMERICAN LEGION, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS, DIS-
ABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AMVETS, VETERANS OF
WORLD WAR I OF THE U.S.A., INC., BLINDED VETERANS
ASSOCIATION, AND PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

FEBRUARY 27; MARCH 6, 21, 29; AND APRIL 5, 1973

Printed for the use of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Pages of all hearings are numbered cumulatively to permit a
comprehensive index at the end of the Congress. Page num-
bers lower than those in this hearing refer to other legislation.

U.S. GOVERNMENT. PRINTING OFFICE

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WASHINGTON : 1973

COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

WM. JENNINGS BRYAN DORN, South Carolina, Chairman OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania THADDEUS J. DULSKI, New York

CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California RAY ROBERTS, Texas

MARGARET M. HECKLER, Massachusetts DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III, Virginia JOHN M. ZWACH, Minnesota HENRY HELSTOSKI, New Jersey

CHALMERS P. WYLIE, Ohio DON EDWARDS, California

ELWOOD HILLIS, Indiana G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY,

JOSEPH J. MARAZITI, New Jersey Mississippi

JAMES ABDNOR, South Dakota CHARLES J. CARNEY, Ohio

ROBERT J. HUBER, Michigan
GEORGE DANIELSON, California

WILLIAM F. WALSH, New York
ELLA T. GRASSO, Connecticut
LESTER L. WOLFF, New York
JACK BRINKLEY, Georgia
CHARLES WILSON, Texas

OLIVER E. MEADOWS, Staff Director

SUBCOMMITTEES

COMPENSATION AND PENSION

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Chairman RAY ROBERTS

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY

JOHN P. SAYLOR JACK BRINKLEY

CHALMERS P. WYLIE

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

OLIN E. TEAGUE
DON EDWARDS
GEORGE E. DANIELSON
ELLA T. GRASSO
LESTER L. WOLFF
JACK BRINKLEY
CHARLES WILSON

HENRY HELSTOSKI, Chairman

MARGARET M. HECKLER
JOHN M. ZWACH
CHALMERS P. WYLIE
JOSEPH J. MARAZITI
JAMES ABDNOR
ROBERT J. HUBER
WILLIAM F. WALSH

HOSPITALS

DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III, Chairman OLIN E. TEAGUE

JOHN P. SAYLOR JAMES A, HALEY

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT THADDEUS J. DULSKI

CHARLES M. TEAGUE RAY ROBERTS

MARGARET M. HECKLER G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY

JOHN M. ZWACH DON EDWARDS

CHALMERS P. WYLIE CHARLES J. CARNEY

ELWOOD HILLIS GEORGE E. DANIELSON

JOSEPH J. MARAZITI ELLA T. GRASSO

JAMES ABDNOR LESTER L. WOLFF

ROBERT J. HUBER
HENRY HELSTOSKI

WILLIAM F. WALSH
JACK BRINKLEY
CHARLES WILSON

HOUSING

CHARLES J. CARNEY, Chairman RAY ROBERTS

ELWOOD HILLIS DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III

MARGARET M. HECKLER HENRY HELSTOSKI

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT DON EDWARDS

ROBERT J. HUBER CHARLES WILSON

WILLIAM F. WALSH

INSURANCE

G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Chairman ELLA T. GRASSO

JOHN M. ZWACH THADDEUS J. DULSKI

JOHN P. SAYLOR DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III

ELWOOD HILLIS CHARLES J. CARNEY

JOSEPH J. MARAZITI GEORGE E. DANIELSON

JAMES ABDNOR

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Page

Abdnor, Hon. James--

15, 16, 68, 69, 90, 91

American Indo-China Veterans Legion, statement with letter and news-

paper articles.

122-128

American Legion :

Matthews, Joseph L., national commander-

2-10, 18, 19

National Auxiliary : Chilton, Mrs. T. G., president---

1

AMVETS:

Sanchez, Leon, national legislative director.

103

Sanson, Joseph R., national commander---

96–105, 107, 108

Speir, Lester---

107

Blinded Veterans Association :
Carter, Robert, executive director.--.

146
Schnair, David L., national service officer--

145–156
Brinkley, Hon. Jack-

106-108

Brown, Hon. Clarence J------

72

Carr, Patrick E. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)

Carter, Robert. (See Blinded Veterans Association.)

Chairman, Committee on Veterans' Affairs. (See Dorn, Hon. Wm. Jennings

Bryan.)

Chilton, Mrs. T. G. (See American Legion : National Auxiliary.)

Danielson, Hon. George E----

17, 91–93, 143, 144

DeGeorge, Frank R. (See Paralyzed Veterans of America.)

Disabled American Veterans :

Harnett, Norman B., national director of employment--

89

Hicks, Jack O., national commander---

73-82

Keller, John J., national service director..

89

Dorn, Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan---

1,

2, 12, 21–23, 26, 28, 57, 58, 60–72, 82, 84, 91, 94–96, 103, 105–107, 109,

117, 118, 121, 122, 128_131
Dulski, Hon. Thaddeus J--

60
Edwards, Hon. Don---

131, 138
Grasso, Hon. Ella T.

106, 107, 117, 118
Haley, Hon. James A..

58, 131, 138, 144, 146, 154, 156

Hammerschmidt, Hon. John Paul.

12,

13, 21, 58–62, 65, 66, 68, 71, 84–87, 89-91, 93, 94, 103, 104, 121, 122

Hartnett, Norman B. (See Disabled American Veterans.)

Heckler, Hon. Margaret M.-

14, 61, 62, 87–89

Helstoski, Hon. Henry-

10, 82

Hicks, Jack 0. (See Disabled American Veterans.)

Hillis, Hon. Elwood----

15, 65, 90

Holt, Cooper. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)

Houston, Herbert M. (See Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc.)

Huber, Hon. Robert J..

91, 95, 96, 108, 121

Keller, John J. (See Disabled American Veterans.)

Langer, Alan S. (See Paralyzed Veterans of America.)

Maraziti, Hon. Joseph J--

15, 66, 67, 144, 145

Matthews, Joseph L. (See American Legion.)

Maye, James A. (See Paralyzed Veterans of America.)

Montgomery, Hon. G. V. (Sonny).

16, 17, 65, 66, 104, 105

Paralyzed Veterans of America :

DeGeorge, Frank R., president--

109–122

Langer, Alan S., national service director.

120, 121
Maye, James A., executive director-----

23

117-120

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LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS OF VETERANS'

ORGANIZATIONS

STATEMENT OF NATIONAL COMMANDER, THE

AMERICAN LEGION

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1973

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:30 a.m., in room 345, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Chairman Dorn. The meeting will come to order. On behalf of the committee, as chairman, I would like to welcome this outstanding and splendid representation of the American Legion to the committee this morning

Our distinguished former chairman, Mr. Teague of Texas, is going to present the national commander in a moment. In the meantime, I would like to present those associated with him and commend them for coming here: Clarence Horton, chairman of the national legislative commission; Mr. Lenker, chairman of the national rehabilitation commission; Herald Stringer, director of the national legislative commission and Ed Golembieski, director of national veterans' affairs and rehabilitation commission. We want to welcome you. [Applause.]

Also, I want to recognize and appreciate immensely her being here, Mrs. T. G. Chilton, president of the National Auxiliary. [Applause.]

Madam President, would you present the charming and lovely ladies with you?

Mrs. CHILTON. I would be happy to.

Mrs. B. M. Jarrett of North Carolina, she is the national vice president; Mrs. Deverre Harper of Iowa, our legislative committee chairman; Mrs. Maurice Kubby, our veterans affairs and rehabilitation chairman from Texas; Mrs. Jack Smith, vice chairman and director of field service volunteers, from Arizona Mrs. Keith Gaines, member of the veterans affairs and rehabilitation committee from Kansas and director of hospital volunteers; Mrs. John Powel, Jr., our VAVS representative from Delaware; and Mrs. Joe L. Matthews from Texas, the wife of our national commander.

Chairman DORN. Mr. Commander, I would like to say that I feel somewhat hesitant and have a definite inferiority complex sitting here beside my distinguished former chairman, under whom I served so many years while he was chairman of this great committee. I know of no man in the history of the United States who has done more for veterans than Tiger Teague. But I am happy to report that he is going to stay right on the committee right beside me and guide me

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