The Nation: The Price of Heroism

At his recent press conference, the President honored those soldiers who sacrificed life and limb on the battlefields of Indochina. Just a week later, the Veterans Administration submitted "draft proposals" to Congress that would make a budget cut at the expense of those same war heroes. Veterans Administrator Donald E. Johnson said that the plan would lower payments for disability ratings held less than 20 years. Thus a Viet Nam veteran with a leg amputated at the hip would have his monthly compensation reduced from about $375 to $200; a veteran who lost his arm below the elbow would receive about...

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