The Lobby Gets to Work

Veterans of World War I moved on Washington. Their purpose: to get everything in sight for veterans of World War II.

Within the week, the American Legion's hard-driving National Commander Warren H. Atherton had presented Congress with a new "omnibus" veterans' bill, appeared twice before Congressional committees, hired a public-relations firm to publicize his bill, had a 45-minute chat with Franklin Roosevelt at the White House.

Commander Atherton's bill calls for mustering-out pay, unemployment compensation for idle veterans, education allowances for returning servicemen, loans for home building.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars were no less busy. V.F.W. Lobbyist Omar B. Ketchum advised...

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