VETERANS: One-Half of a Nation

The American Legion last week elected a new national commander: Seaborn P. Collins Jr., 42, a wartime transport pilot who runs a realty business in Las Cruces, N. Mex. He succeeded Arthur J. Connell of Middletown, Conn., who led the Legion's "Back-to-God" movement and who, Legionnaires said, may be the last national commander dating from World War I. The not-so-new veterans of World War II are taking over the Legion. At last week's convention they were determined to fight off criticism that veterans' benefits had gone too far.

The U.S. now has almost 21 million veterans—more than 15 million...

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