Nation: Reaching Out

The VA helps Vietvets

In Birmingham, Don Reed and three aides got six phone calls in two weeks about Viet Nam War veterans who threatened to kill themselves. Each time Reed and his team raced to answer the cries for help. One vet waved a knife and swore that he would slice up his dog and then himself. "Cut up the damn dog," said Reed with a calm that he did not feel. "I don't care." Suddenly, when the vet was distracted, Reed kicked him in the shins and disarmed him. Reed & Co. saved...

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