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BILLS TO INCREASE COMPENSATION PAYMENTS TO

SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABLED VETERANS

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SUBCOMMITTEE ON

COMPENSATION AND PENSION.
United States. Congreso
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OF THE

House.

NINETY-SECOND CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H.R. 13799, and Related Bills, H.R. 10505,

H.R. 14086, and H.R. 14865

MAY 23 AND 24, 1972

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

78-995 O

WASHINGTON : 1972

COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas, Chairman W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina

CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania WALTER S. BARING, Nevada

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas THADDEUS J. DULSKI, New York

WILLIAM LLOYD SCOTT, Virginia RAY ROBERTS, Texas

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

CHALMERS P. WYLIE, Ohio ROMAN C. PUCINSKI, Illinois

LARRY WINN, JR., Kansas
DON EDWARDS, California

EARL B. RUTH, North Carolina
G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Mississippi ELWOOD HILLIS, Indiana
CHARLES J. CARNEY, Ohio
LOUISE DAY HICKS, Massachusetts
GEORGE E. DANIELSON, California
ELLA T. GRASSO, Connecticut
LESTER L. WOLFF, New York

OLIVER E. MEADOWS, Staff Director

SUBCOMMITTEES (Chairman and ranking minority member ex officio members of all subcommittees)

COMPENSATION AND PENSION

W. J. BRYAN DORN, Chairman RAY ROBERTS

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT
G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY

JOHN P. SAYLOR
WILLIAM LLOYD SCOTT

THADDEUS J. DULSKI
WALTER S. BARING
W. J. BRYAN DORN
ROMAN C. PUCINSKI
DON EDWARDS
GEORGE E. DANIELSON

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
HENRY HELSTOSKI, Chairman

WILLIAM LLOYD SCOTT
MARGARET M. HECKLER
JOHN M. ZWACH
CHALMERS P. WYLIE
LARRY WINN, JR.
EARL B. RUTH

HOSPITALS

DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III, Chairman JAMES A. HALEY

JOHN P. SAYLOR WALTER S. BARING

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT THADDEUS J. DULSKI

WILLIAM LLOYD SCOTT RAY ROBERTS

MARGARET M. HECKLER W. J. BRYAN DORN

JOHN M. ZWACH ROMAN C. PUCINSKI

CHALMERS P. WYLIE G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY

LARRY WINN, JR. DON EDWARDS

EARL B. RUTH
CHARLES J. CARNEY

ELWOOD HILLIS
GEORGE E. DANIELSON
LOUISE DAY HICKS
ELLA T. GRASSO
LESTER L. WOLFF

HOUSING

CHARLES J. CARNEY, Chairman WALTER S. BARING

MARGARET M. HECKLER RAY ROBERTS

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III

LARRY WINN, JR. HENRY HELSTOSKI

ELWOOD HILLIS

INSURANCE

G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Chairman LOUISE DAY HICKS

JOHN M. ZWACH
ELLA T. GRASSO

JOHN P. SAYLOR
CHALMERS P. WYLIE

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American Legion :

Page

Golembieski, E. H., director, National Veterans Affairs and Rehabili-

tation Commission.-

2419–2425

Wertz, Terrell M., assistant director, National Legislative Com-

mission

2418, 2419, 2425

AMVETS: Sanchez, Leon, national service and legislative director---- 2431, 2432

Blinded Veterans Association: Schnair, David L., national service

officer

2394-2399

Chairman, Subcommittee on Compensation and Pension. (See Dorn, Hon.

Wm. Jennings Bryan.)

Committee staff : Knapp, Donald C., counsel.

2390

Compensation and Pension Subcommittee. (See Subcommittee on Compen-

sation and Pension.)

Compensation increases for veterans, history-

2327-a

Disabled American Veterans: Flaherty, William J., assistant national di-

rector of legislation..

2405–2418

Dorn, Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan..

2327,

2380, 2385, 2386, 2388, 2390, 2391, 2393, 2394, 2399,2400, 2402, 2403,

2425, 2429–2432.
Flaherty, William J. (See Disabled American Veterans.)
Golembieski, E. H. (See American Legion.)
Hammerschmidt, Hon. John Paul ----

2386-2388,

2390, 2394, 2399, 2418, 2425, 2429, 2430, 2432

History of compensation increases for service-connected disabled

veterans

2327-a

Hicks, Hon. Louise Day-----

2400-2402

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

Hunt, Hon. John E.

2402, 2403

Jones, Norman D. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)
Knapp, Donald C. (See Committee staff.)
Langer, Alan S. (See Paralyzed Veterans of America.)
Montgomery, Hon. G. V. (Sonny)-

2385–2387, 2405, 2408, 2417, 2418

Owen, Olney B. (See Veterans' Administration.)

Paralyzed Veterans of America: Langer, Alan S., national service

director

2391–2394, 2400

Sanchez, Leon (See AMVETS.)

Schnair, David L. (See Blinded Veterans Association.)

Stover, Francis W. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)

Subcommittee on Compensation and Pensi n:

Bills considered, agency recommendations--

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Chairman. (See Dorn, Hon. Wm. Jennings Bryan.)

Teague, Hon. Charles M.-

2418, 2425, 2430, 2432

Veterans' Administration :

Owen, Olney B., Chief Benefits Director -

2380-2388

Reports on bills.-- 2328–2332, 2364-2367, 2370–2372, 2376, 2377, 2430

Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc.: Houston, Col. Herbert M.,

director, national legislative service---

2388-2391

Veterans of Foreign Wars :

Jones, Norman D., director, national rehabilitation service--- 2429, 2430

Resolutions

2426, 2427, 2429

Stover, Francis W., director, national legislative service--- 2426-2430

Wertz, Terrell M. (See American Legion.)

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VETERANS' SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY

COMPENSATION

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1972

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF COMPENSATION AND PENSION,
COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS,

Washington, D.C. The committee met at 10 a.m., pursuant to call, in Room 334, Cannon House Office Building, Hon. William Jennings Bryan Dorn, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding.

Mr. DORN. The subcommittee will come to order.

This morning, the Subcommittee on Compensation and Pension is beginning 2 days of hearings on certain bills pertaining to the major veterans' programs within

our purview. We intend to give particular attention to proposals to increase the rates of compensation payable to veterans with service-connected disabilities. These compensation rates were last increased, effective July 1, 1970, by Public Law 91-376. It has been traditional that this committee periodically—usually once during each Congress look into the appropriateness and adequacy of the payments authorized for the service-disabled veterans, a group which merits our prime consideration.

In addition to our consideration of disability compensation increases, the subcommittee has on the agenda several other proposals which are relevant to the compensation and pension programs and which, I understand, generally represent recommendations of the Veterans Administration.

Without objection a list of the bills under consideration, and the text of the bills with agency reports now available, and a history of compensation increase legislation, will be placed in the record at this point.

(The data referred to follow :)

BILLS CONSIDERED SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMPENSATION AND PENSION BY NUMBER

Bills to increase rates of disability compensation to service-connected disabled veterans :

H.R. 879. Hon. Spark M. Matsunaga.
H.R. 4636, Hon. Chalmers P. Wylie.
H.R. 4853, Hon. John E. Hunt.
H.R. 9612, Hon. Seymour Halpern.
H.R. 12247, Hon. Claude Pepper.

H.R. 13799, Hon. Olin E. Teague (for himself, Mr. Teague of California,
Mr. Dorn, and Mr. Hammerschmidt) (by request).
H.R. 14489, Hon. Louis Frey, Jr.

H.R. 14736, Hon. Louise Day Hicks.
Miscellaneous bills related to compensation program:

H.R. 10505, Hon. Olin E. Teague (by request).
H.R. 14086, Hon. Olin E. Teague.
H.R. 14865, Hon. Olin E. Teague (by request).

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