The Cost

The U.S. got a small glimpse last week of the unthinkable big cost of World War II, even after all the munitions have been paid for.

To date, $9 million has already been paid out to disabled veterans and dependents of the dead. Ahead are the real costs: hospitalization, rehabilitation, vocational training, mustering-out pay, and, finally, pensions.

In World War I, mustering-out pay was a flat $60. When an able-bodied World War II soldier is discharged, he gets the thanks of his country, and his uniform.* To two Congressional committees last week, this did not seem enough. They wrestled with bills calling...

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