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FOR VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS (ALL WARS)

BEFORE THE

J. S. Congress, House.

HEARINGS V COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H. R. 93, 146, 155, 170, 347, 364, 551, 578, 579, 644, 656, 695, 706, 715, 718, 1755, 1846, 2389, 2407, 2440, 2453, 2635, 2863, 2867, 2998, 3295, 3596, 3807, 4069, 4210, 4264, 4314, 4445, 4684, 4794, 4838, 4840, 4945, 5058, 5066, 5134, 5517, 5722, 5880, 6153, 6155, 6202, 6213, 6310, 6428, 6685, 6720, 6889, 7549, 7886, 8111, 8126, 8148, 8155, 8406, 8479, 8480 8554, 8856, 8964, 9036, 9037, 9121, 9126, 9212, 9286, 9354, 9513, 9586, 9691, 9692, 9693,

H. J. Res. 151, and H. J. Res. 190

BILLS RELATING TO NON-SERVICE-CONNECTED PENSIONS
FOR VETERANS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS (ALL WARS)

- Coin 74 FEBRUARY 27, 28, 29, AND MARCH 1, 1956

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 numbers
lower than those in this hearing refer to other legislation.

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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

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

EDITH NORSE ROGERS, Massachusetts ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia

BERNARD W. (PAT) KEARNEY, New York GEORGE S. LONG, Louisiana

WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania

E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

PAUL A. FINO, New York FRANK W, BOYKIN, Alabama

PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska WAYNE X, ASPINALL, Colorado

WILLIAM H. AVERY, Kansas
LEO W. O'BRIEN, New York

E. KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming
GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina EUGENE SILER, Kentucky
GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California
CHARLES C. DIGGS, JR., Michigan
B. F. SISK, California
JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

OLIVER E. MEADOWS, Staff Director

SUBCOMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION

JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania, Chairman ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia

PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska CHARLES C. DIGGS, JR., Michigan

CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California

COMPENSATION AND PENSION

W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina, Chairman GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri PAUL A. FINO, New York CHARLES C. DIGGS, JR., Michigan

E. KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas, Chairman ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio B. F. SISK, California

E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana

HOSPITALS

GEORGE S. LONG, Louisiana, Chairman ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia

BERNARD W. (PAT) KEARNEY, New York LEO W. O'BRIEN, New York

WILLIAM H. AVERY, Kansa's
B. F. SISK, California
JAMES A. HALEY, Florida

HOUSING

ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma, Chairman GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio GEORGE H. CHRISTOPHER, Missouri PHIL WEAVER, Nebraska

INSURANCE

WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorado, Chairman JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania

EUGENE SILER, Kentucky GEORGE A. SHUFORD, North Carolina CHARLES M. TEAGUE, California

SPANISH WAR

FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama, Chairman
W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina PAUL A. FINO, New York
WAYNE N. ASPINALL, Colorady

E. KEITH THOMSON, Wyoming

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Adair, Hon. E. Ross------------ 2610, 2664, 2669, 2685–2686, 2716, 2718, 2727
Age projections, veterans------

------- 2632–2634
American Legion:
Charles W. Stevens, assistant national rehabilitation director-- 2709–2710,

2712
J. Addington Wagner, national commander --

2687-2696,

2705–2706, 2712, 2715–2716
AMVETS:

John R. Holden, national legislative director ------------ 2793–2794, 2796

Rudolph G. Pesata, national commander --------------------- 2786–2796
Andresen, Hon. August H...

2607
Aspinall, Hon. Wayne N.-----

2611
Avery, Hon. William H.-

----- 2595, 2600, 2712, 2792, 2804–2805, 2807
Ayres, Hon. William H..

------- 2715, 2783–2784
Beem, L. A. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Benefits-cost projections...

2577-2587
Bentley, Hon. Alvin M.----

2618-2619
Bernstein, Howard. (See Veterans Administration.)
Birdsall, Ġuy H. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Brooks, H. Q. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Boyle, Hon. Charles A.---

2611–2612
Byrne, Hon. James A.--.

2761, 2774
The Chairman.--

2433,
2583, 2595, 2598, 2600, 2602–2610, 2612–2614, 2631, 2645-2649,
2663, 2666, 2669, 2671—2672, 267842679, 2683, 2687, 2696, 2705.
2712, 2716–2717, 2720, 2726–2727, 2742–2743, 2745, 2761-2762,
2766, 2768-2771, 2774-2775, 2777, 2779, 2783–2786, 2792–2798,
2801, 2806–2807, 2809, 2811, 2815–2816, 2818, 2820, 2822–2823,

2824, 2827, 2836–2838.
Christopher, Hon. George H.---- 2712–2715, 2716–2717, 2761–2766, 2774, 2796
Clark, Omer W. (See Disabled American Veterans.)
Closson, Claurice G. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Compensation and pension cases by program, projected.--

2774
Cost of H. R. 9121, H. R. 9126, Å. R. 9361, VA comment of VFW esti-
mates.-

2683–2685
Cost of veteran benefits, all wars, through December 31, 1955-

--- 2644
Curtis, Hon. Laurence.-------

2623
Dague, Hon. Paul B..

2620-2621
Denton, Hon. Winfield K.--

2588–2595
Diggs, Hon. Chailes C.---

2712, 2792
Disabled American Veterans:
Omer W. Clark, national legislative director.

2784–2785
Cicero F. Hogan, national service director.. -- 2780–2783, 2785-2786
Melvin J. Maas, national commander -----

----- 2779-2780, 2784
Dorn, Hon. Francis E.-----

2630–2631
Dorn, Hon. W. J. Bryan.. 2663, 2671-2672, 2745, 2761, 2774, 2786, 2795–2796
Dyess, W. B. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Expenditures, VA, by program or purpose, projected..---

2773
Fernandez, Hon. Antonio..

- 2603–2604
Fino, Hon. Paul A.----

--- 2715, 2816-2818, 2834, 2836
Flood, Hon. Daniel J..

2626–2627
Gray, Hon. Kenneth J...

2728-2729
Haley, Hon. James A.--

--2669, 2713, 2724, 2834
Henley, Manford G. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Hesselman, Leo W., Naval and Military Order of the Spanish War., 2818–2827
Hitchcock, Robinson. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)

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Hogan, Cicero F. (See Disabled American Veterans.)
Holden, John R. (See AMVETS.)

Pago
Hosmer, Hon. Craig -------

---------------- 2615–2616
Huddleston, Hon. George, Jr.---

2616-2617
Hughes, Philip S., Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Reference,
Bureau of the Budget----

------ 2770-2772, 2774-2775
Hyde, Hon. DeWitt.

2622
Income limitation investigation by VA..-

--- 27772778, 2838
Johnson, James H. (See United Spanish War Veterans.)
Junior Chamber of Commerce:
Hugh F. McKenna, president.-----

2828–2838
Harold J. Selfon, vice president.------

--- 2831-2832, 2835–2837
Kearney, Hon. B. W. (Pat) ----

2623–2624
Keiter, Benjamin H. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Ketchum, Omar B. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)
Kraabel, T. 0. (See American Legion.)
Lane, Hon. Thomas J.-----

2600-2602
Lanham, Hon. Henderson.-

2612–2613
Leschander, Walter L. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Lipscomb, Hon. Gerald P.

2626
Long, Hon. George S.----

2594–2595,
2663, 2686, 2716, 2766, 2774, 2781, 2792, 2795, 2805, 2830-2832
McDonough, Hon. Gordon L--

--- 2807–2809
McKenna, Hugh F. (See Junior Chamber of Commerce.)
Maas, Melvin J. (See Disabled American Veterans.)
Metcalf, Hon. Lee-----

------ 2618
Mexican Border Veterans:
L. A. Beem, national quartermaster...

2762–2766
Claurice G. Closson, past national commander.

2751
Manford, G. Henley ------

2750
Robinson Hitchcock, national judge advocate..

2746–2747
Benjamin H. Keiter, past national commander

2747-2748
Walter L. Leschander, past national commander

2751-2752
Alfred L. Moudy, national adjutant------

2752-2762
J. Watt Page, chairman, legislative committee.-----

2748–2750
E. A. Roberts----------------

2750-2751

--
Gilman H. Stordock, Wisconsin Home for Veterans - 2743-2746, 2761–2762
Moudy, Alfred L. (See Mexican border service.)
Murphy, Timothy J. (See Veterans of Foreign Wars.)
Natcher, Hon. William H.---

2621–2622
O'Brien, Hon. Leo W..

2715
O'Hara, Hon. Barratt --

2598–2600
O'Neill, Hon. Thomas P.----

2623
Otjen, William J. (See United Spanish War Veterans.)
Page, J. Watt. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Pension claims, examples of denial submitted by American Legion -- 2689–2690
Pensions, comparative chart.---

2638-2643
Pensions: Digest of bills pending ----

2550–2576
Perkins, Hon. Carl D.--

2627-2630
Pesata, Rudolph G. (See AMVETS.)
Pfau Arthur C.---

2753
Rabaut, Hon. Louis C.-----------

2616
Reed, Hon. Daniel A------

2766-2768
Rating schedule, 145, excerpts from on unemployability

2636-2637
Retired Officers Association, letter from..

---- 2769
Rhodes, Hon. George M.--

- 2617-2018
Roberts, E. A. (See Mexican Border Veterans.)
Rogers, Hon. Edith Nourse ---------- 2607, 2663, 2671, 2716, 2783, 2836–2837
Rooney, Hon. John J---

2620
Scott, Hon. Hugh.--------

2712
Seely-Brown, Hon. Horace.

2625–2626
Selfon, Harold J. See Junior Chamber of Commerce.)
Shelley, Hon. John F..

2608-2610
Short, Hon. Dewey -----

2630
Siler, Hon. Eugene---------

2625
Simpson, Hon. Sid...

- 2607-2608
Sisk, Hon. B. F-------

2647, 2669, 2727, 2792, 2832–2833
Social security, coverage of veterans

2683

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Spanish War:

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Cost, recent of pension program.-----

2805
Widows, number receiving pension.---

2805
Sparks, Mrs. Bernice, national president, Widows of World War I.-- 2811-2816
Staff director ----

----- 2672–2683, 2685, 2705, 2708,2712, 2793
Stevens, Charles W. (See American Legion.)
Stordock, Gilman H. (See Mexican border veterans.)
Teague, Hon. Charles M..

-------- 2669, 2815–2816, 2821-2822, 2824
Text of this pension legislation...

2433–2449
Thomas, M. 1. (See Veterans' Administration.)

Administration.)
Thomson, Hon. E. Keith.---

2670–2671

Trazenfeld, Hattie B. (See United Spanish War Veterans.)

United Spanish War Veterans:

James H. Johnson, national commander-------

2797–2798

William J. Otjen, chairman, legislative committee..

2792–2801

Lloyd Thurston, letter from --

2600

Hattie B. Trazenfeld, national auxiliary...

2797, 2801–2807
George H. Warwick, adjutant general.-----

2797
Van Zandt, Hon. James E.

----- 2595-2598
-----------------

Veterans? Administration:

Howard Bernstein, Office of Legislation..

2645-2648,

2717, 2719, 2727, 2729-2742, 2775

Guy H. Birdsall, Assistant Administrator for Legislation.------ 2634-2637,

2644-2645, 2648

H. Q. Brooks, Department of Veterans Benefits ---- 2720, 2726–2727

W. B. Dyess, Department of Veterans Benefits ----

2648, 2718

M. I. Thomas, Department of Veterans Benefits.--

2726–2727

Veterans in civil life, projections ------

2632–2634

Veterans of Foreign Wars:

Omar B. Ketchum, national legislative director....

--- 2649,

2664-2666, 2670, 2674-2681, 2683, 2685–2686
Timothy J. Murphy, national commander-----

_2649–2665,

2667–2674, 2676-2677, 2679, 2681

Veterans of World War I.-----

2768–2769

Wagner, J. Addington. (See American Legion.)
Warwick, George H. (See United Spanish War Veterans.)
Weaver, Hon. Phil.----

------ 2669, 2712, 2792, 2827
Whitten, Hon. Jamie L.--

2614–2615

Widows, average age of.

2802

Widows, VA letter to-----

2720-2726

Wier, Hon. Roy W--------

2605–2606

Wilson, Hon. Robert C.

2604-2605

Withrow, Hon. Gardner R.

2602–2603, 2743, 2745, 2761-2762

Young, George V., chairman, legislative committee, Veterans of World

1 War I.-----

2768-2769

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