CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 28, 1972
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(Studio) Pentagon plans for day when all American POW's released from Vietnam.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Hanoi, North Vietnam) [1966 film of American POW's in North Vietnam shown.] When they return, they face little understanding, estranged wives, children who don't know them, guilt, depression, confusion. Pentagon doctors and psychiatrists to report on prognosis for POW's. (San Diego, California) Briefing officers meet with wives, parents, families of POW's to explain operation egress recap, program to help returning POW's. POW's will first enter American hospitals in Asia, them in US, with medical and psychiatric treatment. [Film of release of crew of Pueblo from N Korea, jubilant celebration, shown. Mil. now thinks such am abrupt transition was too hard on men.] prisoners of war return from North Vietnam to be low key and private [POW wife Eldora FORD - says she and her husband have different lives, will be virtual strangers when he returns. Says son, who was 2 when father captured 5 years ago, will have traumatic experience readjusting.] [Former Navy psychiatrist, Dr. Leonard ZUNIN - says couples separated have problems reuniting, as each changes during absence.] [North Vietnam propaganda film of Robert Schweitzer shown.] [POW wife Mrs. Robert SCHWEITZER - says husband may regret having made film. 13 year old son has long hair and husband may resent it.] Collage of American in `70's shown. POW's may barely recognize country they left in `60's. [Released POW, Commander Robert FRISHMAN, repatriated in 1969, explains problems of readjusting.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater