VETERANS: The First Punch

Sites for veterans' hospitals have long been picked by pork-barrel politics. Of the 97 hospitals now in operation, 52 are in small towns where there are often short ages of good doctors, attendants, dietitians. Aware of this, Four-Star General Omar Nelson Bradley came to a sharp decision when he took over the Veterans Administration: hospitals would henceforth be built near big city medical schools. Last week Oklahoma's windy Democratic Senator Elmer Thomas fired the first gun to scare Omar Bradley off such ideas.

The Senator called in reporters, baldly announced that he had...

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