The War Came Home

Viet Nam veterans are still fighting for help

The U.S. involvement in the Viet Nam War ended six years ago, but the fighting and suffering go on for many of its veterans. Since 1979 Congress has appropriated more than $20 million for Operation Outreach, a network of 91 storefront counseling centers for psychologically distressed Viet vets. The centers have helped 50,000 of the 2.8 million Viet Nam veterans readjust to American life. Despite their success and popularity, Ronald Reagan put them on his list of Government programs destined for budgetary oblivion.

The best argument for preserving the program emerged last week: the first...

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