VETERANS: Forgotten Warriors?

Veterans of World War II returned to a grateful, generous country that was about to embark on an unprecedented quarter-century of prosperity. Korean War veterans cashed in on much the same rising curve of material benefits. Viet Nam vets, by contrast, are the dubious beneficiaries of the nation's immediate troubled past and uneasy future.

Unsung, disproportionately poor and poorly educated, G.I.s have been drifting back from Viet Nam to face unenthusiastic employers and—in the vets' view—sometimes unsympathetic officials of the Veterans Administration. Now the nearly 3,000,000 Vietvets seem to be facing an ungenerous...

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