The U.S. has long doled out billions of dollars in pensions and bonuses on the theory that it should repay able-bodied veterans, their widows and dependent children for time spent and privations suffered in the armed services in time of war. Last week this theory was examined by a seven-member commission appointed by President Eisenhower and headed by Old Soldier (and onetime Veterans Administrator) Omar Bradley.* The commission's unanimous conclusion: the theory is nonsense and payments to nondisabled veterans gradually should be eliminated.

The Bradley commission showed considerable bravery in tossing its...

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