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COMMITTEE ON VETERANS' AFFAIRS

EDITH NOURSE ROGERS, Massachusetts, Chairman BERNARD W. (PAT) KEARNEY, New York OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio

JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana

W. J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina WILLIAM L. SPRINGER, Illinois

ROBERT T. SECREST, Ohio WINSTON L. PROUTY, Vermont

ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia EDMUND P. RADWAN, New York

GEORGE S. LONG, Louisiana RUSSELL V. MACK, Washington

HARLAN HAGEN, California JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania

JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania EDWARD J. BONIN, Pennsylvania

BRADY GENTRY, Texas PETER FRELINGHUYSEN, JR., New Jersey D. R. (BILLY) MATTHEWS, Florida WILLIAM S. MAILLIARD, California

ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma PAUL A. FINO, New York

ARMISTEAD I. SELDEN, JR., Alabama ALBERT W. CRETELLA, Connecticut

WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky

LESTER R. JOHNSON, Wisconsin
KARL STANDISA, Chief Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE IN THE VETERANS' ADMINISTRATION

E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana, Chairman PAUL A. FINO, New York

JAMES A. BYRNE, Pennsylvania
ALBERT W. CRETELLA, Connecticut

ARMISTEAD I. SELDEN, JR., Alabama
LESTER R. JOHNSON, Wisconsin

COMPENSATION AND PENSION

EDMUND P. RADWAN, New York, Chairman JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania

W.J. BRYAN DORN, South Carolina WILLIAM S. MAILLIARD, California

ROBERT T. SECREST, Ohio
WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

WILLIAM L. SPRINGER, Illinois, Chairman E. ROSS ADAIR, Indiana

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas EDMUND P. RADWAN, New York

HARLAN HAGEN, California

HOSPITALS

BERNARD W. (PAT) KEARNEY, New York, Chairman JOHN P. SAYLOR, Pennsylvania

JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee PETER FRELINGHUYSEN, JR., New Jersey ROBERT T. SECREST, Ohio WILLIAM S. MAILLIARD, California

ELIZABETH KEE, West Virginia ALBERT W.CRETELLA, Connecticut

GEORGE S. LONG, Louisiana

HOUSING

WILLIAM H. AYRES, Ohio, Chairman WINSTON L. PROUTY, Vermont

OLIN E. TEAGUE, Texas EDWARD J. BONIN, Pennsylvania

ED EDMONDSON, Oklahoma

INSURANCE

WINSTON L. PROUTY, Vermont, Chairman EDWARD J. BONIN, Pennsylvania

D. R. (BILLY) MATTHEWS, Florida PAUL A. FINO, New York

ARMISTEAD I. SELDEN, JR., Alabama

SPANISH WAR

RUSSELL V. MACK, Washington, Chairman
PETER FRELINGHUYSEN, JR., New Jersey GEORGE S. LONG, Louisiana
PAUL A. FINO, New York

BRADY GENTRY, Texas

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American Legion:

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Kennedy, Miles D., legislative director..

4713-4740
Kraabel, T. O., director of rehabilitation.

4713-4740
Shapiro, Dr. H. D., senior medical consultant-

4713-4740
Stevens, Charles W., assistant director, national rehabilitation 4713-4740
AMVETS: Holden, John R., acting national legislative director.---. 4740-4743
Arthritis, presumption.

4705, 4775
Ayres, Hon. William H., statement of..

4705,
Bentley, Hon. Alvin M., statement of_

4670–4671
Bernstein, Howard. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Birdsall, Guy H. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Blatnik, Hon. John A., statement of..

4675
Brooks, Henry C. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Burial benefits---

4756-4758, 4792
Cash, Chester. (See DAV.)
Chief Clerk (Karl Standish)

4670, 4710, 4727, 4762
Clark, Omer, w. (See DAV.)
Cochrane, George W., letter of.

4672-4673
Compensation table, disability -

4797-4798
Compensation, veterans receiving via rate of disability-

4802-4803
Davis, Hon. James C., statement of

4674
Department of the Army, reports.--

4615–4619
Department of Labor, reports--

4578–4579
Department of State, reports..

4553-4554
Disabled American Veterans:
Cash, Chester, assistant director of claims.

4763–4771
Clark, Omer W., national director of legislation.

4763-4771
Hogan, Cicero F., national director of claims..

4763-47711
Disbursements for veterans' benefits, June 30, 1953-

4803
Dorn, Hon. W. J. Bryan.

4679, 4684, 4771
Downer, Adin M. (See VFW.)
Dyess, Dr. W. B. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Eastern Paralyzed Veterans' Association, statement of.

4699
Elliott, Hon. Carl, statement of..

4685–4687
Fino, Hon. Paul A., letter of.--

4672
Gross, Hon. H. R., statement of.

4709
Hagen, Hon. Harlan, statement of -

4756-4757
Hagen, Hon. Harold' C., statement of

4675–4676
Hébert, Hon. F. Edward, statement of

4687-4689
Hillings, Hon. Patrick J., statement of_

4672
History of service-connected compensation.

Facing 4796
Hoeven, Hon. Charles B., letter and statement of_

4671-4672
Hogan, Cicero F. (See DAV.)
Holden, John R. (See AMVÉTS.)
Hosmer, Hon. Craig, statement of, and correspondence---

4689–4696
Howell, Hon. Charles R., letters of..

4673–4674
Income limitation on pensions-

4789–4790
Inman, Edward K., editor, National Tribune, letter of.

4812-4813
Japanese and German nationals, payments to--

4695–4696
Kennedy, Miles D. (See American Legion.)
Ketchum, Omar B. (See VFW.)
Knapp, Donald C. (See Veterans' Administration.)
Kraabel, T. O. (See American Legion.)
Lane, Hon. Thomas J., statement of

4696–4699
Lipscomb, Hon. Glenard P., letter of.

4671
McCarthy, Hon. Eugene J., statement of_-

4684–4685
McGee, Morris G. (Šee Eastern Paralyzed Veterans' Association).

4699

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a Gino

Page
Mack, Hon. Peter F., Jr., statement of_.

4701-4703
Mailliard, Hon. Williams

4703, 4707, 4761, 4771, 4811
Medal of Honor, pensions for.-

4701-4703, 4786–4787
Mexican border service..

4680–4684, 4704, 4708
Mills, Hon. Wilbur D., statement of

4674-4675
Moulder, Hon. Morgan M., statement of.

4703–4705
Multiple sclerosis, presumption of -

4684–4685, 4719-4722, 4739, 4775
Natcher, Hon. William H.

4679, 4701, 4755, 4758, 4762, 4811
Overholser, Dr. Winfred, Superintendent, St. Elizabeths Hospital. 4759–4762
Pension criteria.

4779–4780
Perkins, Hon. Carl D., statement of -

4709–4710
Presumptions, chart of

Facing 4801
Psychosis presumption.

4722-4727, 4759–4762, 4775
Radwan, Hon. Edmund P.- 4499, 4670, 4676, 4678-4680, 4684, 4685, 4687, 4689,

4694-4696, 4699, 4701, 4703, 4705, 4707, 4709, 4710, 4713, 4717,

4718, 4722, 4726, 4740, 4743, 4744, 4745, 4748-4852, 4755, 4758
Reed, Hon. Daniel A., statement of

4680–4684
Rees, Hon. Edward H., statement of_

4708–4709
Rogers, Hon. Edith Nourse (chairman)

4679, 4680,

4684, 4698, 4699, 4701, 4705–4708, 4726
Saylor, Hon. John P.

4678, 4684, 4688,
4759–4763, 4766, 4767, 4769–4772, 4796, 4798-4806, 4808, 4811
Secrest, Hon. Robert T.

4679, 4680, 4696,
4707, 4710, 4739, 4743, 4744, 4748, 4750, 4753, 4755, 4808-4811
Shapiro, Dr. H. D. (See American Legion.)
Smith, Hon. Frank E., statement of

4699-4701
Standish, Karl (chief clerk) ---

4670, 4710, 4727, 4762
Stevens, Charles W. (See American Legion.)
St. George, Hon. Katharine, statement of ---

4676–4679
Suder, Harry L. (See United Indian War Veterans, U. S. A.)
Uniform pensions--

4717, 4751-4752, 4784–4785, 4806, 4812, 4813
United Indian War Veterans, U. S. A., address of National Commander
and correspondence_

4691-4693
Ute Indian campaigns..

4689–4693
Van Zandt, Hon. James E., statement of..

4706–4707
Veterans' Administration:

Bernstein, Howard, Director, Legislative Projects Service III.-- 4772–4811
Birdsall, Guy H., Assistant Administrator for Legislation. 4772–4811
Brooks, Henry Q., Director, Veterans' Service..

4772-4811
Dyess, Dr. W. B., Department of Veterans Benefits.

4772-4811
Knapp, Donald C., Director, Legislative Projects I.

4772-4811
Reports

4499-4548, 4550-4553, 4555–4578, 4580–4614, 4619
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States:

Downer, Adin M., assistant director, national rehabilitation serv-
ice.-

4743–4755
Ketchum, Omar B., director, national rehabilitation service--- 4743–4755
Veterans, projected number, World War I..

4805
Veterans, World War II, projected number

4805
WAAC, service in.

4676–4679, 4699, 4729–4730, 4735–4796, 4810
War Department: Edward F. Witsell, Major General, the Adjutant Gen-
eral, letter of

4548-4549
Whitten, Hon. Jamie L., statement of

4713-4714
Witsell, Maj. Gen. Edward F. (See War Department.)
Yorty, Hon. Samuel W., statement of..

4757-4758

COMPENSATION AND PENSION BILLS FOR VETERANS

AND THEIR DEPENDENTS

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 1954

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

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to call, in room 356, Old House Office Building, Hon. Edmund P. Radwan, chairman of the subcommittee, presiding.

Mr. RADWAN. The subcommittee will come to order.

We are meeting this morning to open hearings on some 70 compensation and pension bills now pending before the Subcommittee on Compensation and Pensions.

In the last session, this committee considered several compensation bills and recommended action to the full committee. At the same time, it was agreed that no action would be taken by the subcommittee on non-service-connected bills until the service-connected bills had been disposed of. It therefore seemed appropriate to proceed at this time with all the bills pending before the subcommittee which have thus far had no action.

Without objection, I will insert at this point the bills, as well as the reports from the Veterans’ Administration.

(The bills and reports referred to are as follows:)

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WAAC BILLS

[H. R. 56, 83d Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To define service as a member of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps as active military service

under certain conditions Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That active service in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps on or after May 14, 1942, and before September 1, 1943, shall be deemed to be active military service: Provided, That there was subsequent active military service in the Women's Army Corps established pursuant to the provisions of the Act of July 1, 1943 (Public Law 110, Seventy-eighth Congress): Provided further, That compensation or pension payable under laws administered by the Veterans Administration by virtue of provisions of this Act shall not be paid concurrently with payments of United States employees' compensation based upon such service. Where a person who is eligible for compensation or pension under laws administered by the Veterans' Administration is also eligible for the benefits of the Employees' Compensation Act, such person shall elect which benefit be received.

(H. R. 1078, 83d Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To provide that persons who served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, under certain

conditions, shall be deemed to have been in the active military service for the purposes of laws administered by the Veterans' Administration

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person who served for a period of ninety days, or more, in any capacity in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps between May 14, 1942, and September 1, 1943, and who suffered from disease or injury due to that service and who was on September 1, 1943, eligible to receive benefits of the Employees' Compensation Act because of that service, shall be deemed to have been in the active military service for the purposes of laws administered by the Veterans' Administration: Provided, That in no event shall payments authorized by this Act be made for any period prior to the passage of this Act: And provided further, That compensation or pension authorized hereunder shall not be payable concurrent with payments of employees' compensation based upon the same service.

Where a person is also eligible for the benefits of the Employees' Compensation Act, such person shall elect which benefit shall be received.

(H. R. 8041, 83d Cong., 2d sess.) A BILL To provide benefits under the laws administered by the Veterans' Administration based upon

service in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps under certain conditions Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any person who served for at leest ninety days in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps who prior to the establishment of the Women's Army Corps was honorably discharged for disability rendering her physically unfit to perform further service in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps or in the Women's Army Corps shall be deemed to have been in the active military service during such period of service for the purposes of lɛws administered by the Veterans' Administration. No monetary benefits shall accrue by reason of this Act for any period prior to the date of enactment and compensation or pension shall not be payable by virtue of this Act concurrently with United States employees' compensation based on the same service. Any person eligible for compensation or pension by reason of this Act who is also eligible for compensation benefits provided by the United States Employees' Compensation Act of 1917, as amended, shell elect which benefit she shall receive

COMPENSATION BILLS

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(H. R. 30, 83d Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To amend subparagraph (K) of paragraph II, part I, of Veterans Regulation Numbered 1 (a), as amended, to authorize increased compensation for blindness of one eye with 5/200 visual acuity or less

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Staics of America in Congress assembled, That subpare.graph (K) of paragraph II, part I, of Veterans Regulation Numbered 1 (a), as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:

*(K) If the disabled person, .s the result of service-incurred disability, has suffered the anatomical loss or loss of use of one foot, or one hand, or blindness of one eye, with 5/200 visual acuity or less, the rate of pension provided in part I, paragraph II, subparagraphs (a) to (j), shall be increased by $47 per month; and in the event of anatomical loss or loss of use of one foot, or one hand, or blindness of one eye, with 5/200 visual acuity or less, in addition to the requirement for any of the rates specified in subparagraphs (1) to (n), inclusive, of part I, paragraph II, as herein amended, the rate of pension shall be increased by $47 per month for each such loss or loss of use, but in no event to exceed $400 per month.”

SEC. 2. The rates herein specified shall be deemed to include the 20 per centum increase provided under section 2, Public Law 662, Seventy-ninth Congress, approved August 8, 1946.

[H. R. 31, 83d Cong., 1st sess.) A BILL To authorize restoration of a remarried widow to the rolls upon termination of her remarried status

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That any former widow of any person who served in the active military or naval forces of the United States on or after April 21, 1898, who since the death of such person has remarried once, or more than once, and such subsequent or successive marriage has been dissolved either by the death or deaths of such husband or husbands, or by divorce without fault on the part of the wife, shall, while single, be entitled to benefits under laws administered by the Veterans' Administration in the same manner and to the same extent as if she were the unremarried widow of the person who served.

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