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INCREASED RATES OF COMPENSATION

OCT 1 1 1975

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON
COMPENSATION, PENSION AND INSURANCE

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-FIFTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

MARCH 21 AND 22, 1978

Printed for the use of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

RAY ROBERTS, Texas, Chairman OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III, Virginia MARGARET M. HECKLER, Massachusetts DON EDWARDS, California

CHALMERS P. WYLIE, Ohio G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Mississippi ELWOOD HILLIS, Indiana CHARLES J. CARNEY, Ohio

JAMES ABDNOR, South Dakota GEORGE E. DANIELSON, California WILLIAM F. WALSH, New York LESTER L. WOLFF, New York

TENNYSON GUYER, Ohio JACK BRINKLEY, Georgia

GEORGE HANSEN, Idaho
RONALD M. MOTTL, Ohio

HAROLD S. SAWYER, Michigan
ROBERT J. CORNELL, Wisconsin
W. G. (BILL) HEFNER, North Carolina
MARK W. HANNAFORD, California
EDWARD P, BEARD, Rhode Island
ROBERT W. EDGAR, Pennsylvania
CLIFFORD ALLEN, Tennessee
SAM B. HALL, JR., Texas
DOUGLAS APPLEGATE, Ohio
DOUG BARNARD, Georgia

A. M. WILLIS, Staf Director

SUBCOMMITTEES
COMPENSATION, PENSION, AND INSURANCE

G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Mississippi, Chairman
OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas

CHALMERS P. WYLIE, Ohio RAY ROBERTS, Texas

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas JACK BRINKLEY, Georgia

TENNYSON GUYER, Ohio
W. G. (BILL) HEFNER, North Carolina
SAM B. HALL, JR., Texas
ROBERT W. EDGAR, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas, Chairman LESTER L. WOLFF, New York

MARGARET M. HECKLER, Massachusetts RONALD M. MOTTL, Ohio

CHALMERS P. WYLIE, Obio
ROBERT J. CORNELL, Wisconsin

WILLIAM F. WALSH, New York
MARK W. HANNAFORD, California
CLIFFORD ALLEN, Tennessee
DOUGLAS APPLEGATE, Ohio
W. G. (BILL) HEFNER, North Carolina

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND BENEFITS

DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III, Virginia, Chairman DON EDWARDS, California

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas G. V. (SONNY) MONTGOMERY, Mississippi MARGARET M. HECKLER, Massachusetts CHARLES J. CARNEY, Ohio

ELWOOD HILLIS, Indiana GEORGE E. DANIELSON, California JAMES ABDNOR, South Dakota LESTER L. WOLFF, New York

TENNYSON GUYER, Ohio
W. G. (BILL) HEFNER, North Carolina GEORGE HANSEN, Idaho
MARK W. HANNAFORD, California

HAROLD S. SAWYER, Michigan
RONALD M. MOTTL, Ohio
CLIFFORD ALLEN, Tennessee
SAM B. HALL, JR., Texas
DOUGLAS APPLEGATE, Ohio
DOUG BARNARD, Georgia
ROBERT W. EDGAR, Pennsylvania

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JACK BRINKLEY, Georgia, Chairman
DAVID E. SATTERFIELD III, Virginia JAMES ABDNOR, South Dakota
DON EDWARDS, California

WILLIAM F. WALSH, New York
ROBERT J. CORNELL, Wisconsin
DOUG BARNARD, Georgia
CHARLES J. CARNEY, Ohio

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CEMETERIES AND BURIAL BENEFITS

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CHARLES J. CARNEY, Ohio, Chairman
GEORGE DANIELSON, California

ELWOOD HILLIS, Indiana
RAY ROBERTS, Texas

JOHN PAUL HAMMERSCHMIDT, Arkansas
EDWARD P. BEARD, Rhode Island

GEORGE HANSEN, Idaho
JACK BRINKLEY, Georgia

HAROLD S. SAWYER, Michigan
ROBERT J. CORNELL, Wisconsin
DOUGLAS APPLEGATE, Ohio
DOUG BARNARD, Georgia

CONTENTS

Page

Opening Statement of Mr. Montgomery ---

1

Statement of Mr. Larry Roffee, Jr., executive director, Paralyzed Veterans

of America, Inc----

3

Questions and remarks by :

Mr. Edgar---

10

Mr. Guyer---

11

Statement of Mr. John Sommer, Jr., chief of claims, American Legion.

12

Questions and remarks by Mr. Montgomery --

18

Statement of Mr. Harold Say, national legislative director, Veterans of

World War I of the USA, Inc.-

20

Statement of Mr. William W. Thompson, national vice president, Blinded

Veterans Association.--

21

Questions and remarks by :

Mr. Hall.

30

Mr. Monroe.

30

Mr. Vail.

30

Mr. Fai

31

Statement of Mr. Don Schwab, director, National Legislative Service,

Veterans of Foreign Wars.-

32

Questions and Remarks by Mr. Edgar-

39

AuCoin, Hon. Les....

--- 52, 53, 54, 55

American Legion :
Lord, Edward

12, 18,19
Sommer, John.

12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20

Blinded Veterans of America :

Fales, John.--.

31

Monroe, Charles..

30

Thompson, William.

21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Vale, Sumner.

30, 31

Burke, Col. Lloyd. (See Congressional Medal of Honor Society.)

Committee on Veterans Affairs : Townsend, Louis A., staff.

68

Congressional Medal of Honor Society: Burke, Col. Lloyd ---- 76, 77, 78

Disabled American Veterans:

Heilman, John...

71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76

Edgar, Hon. Robert W..

10, 11, 32, 39, 40, 68, 69, 70, 71

Fales, John. (See Blinded Veterans of America.)

Guyer, Hon. Tennyson---

11, 20, 21

Hall, Hon. Sam B., Jr---

12, 20, 21, 30, 31, 32

Heilman, John. (See Disabled American Veterans.)

Lord, Edward. (See American Legion.)

Monroe, Charles. (See Blinded Veterans of America.)

Montgomery, Hon. G. V.

1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 21, 27, 29, 32, 38, 39,

40, 51, 52, 54, 55, 62, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78

Paralyzed Veterans of America :

Roffee, Lawrence W..

--- 3, 4, 5–10, 12

Phillips, Ms Lynne...

10, 11

Peckarsky, J. C. (See Veterans Administration.)
Phillips, Ms. Lynne (See Paralyzed Veterans of America.)
Roffee, Lawrence W., Jr. (See Paralyzed Veterans of America.)
Say, Harold B. (See Veterans of World War II.)
Schwab, Donald H. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)
Sommer, John. (See American Legion.)
Thompson, William. (See Blinded Veterans of America.)
Townsend, Louis A. (See Committee on Veterans Affairs.)
Vale, Sumner. (See Blinded Veterans of America.)
Veterans' Administration : Peckarsky, J. C.-

55, 56,
57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71

Veterans of Foreign Wars: Schwab, Donald H.--- 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40

Veterans of World War I, Inc.:

Say, Harold B.-

20, 21

Weaver, Hon. Jim.--.

55

Wylie, Hon. Chalmers..

51, 54, 55, 62, 63, 64, 65

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