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Vietnam Veterans' Dilemma, Part 3 #228406

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 06, 1973
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(Studio) Being Vietnam veteran can be handicap in seeking job.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) 4500 Vietnam vets. on welfare rolls in NYC. [Ezekiel CHAPLIN - says welfare his only alternative.] [Vet. Admin. head Don. JOHNSON - says admin. doing more for Vietnam vets. to help them find jobs than in any other war.] 300,000 vets. presently unemployed. Admin. wants to cut back 2 programs that have given jobs to additional 100,000. [Georgia state Senator Max CLELAND - says Vietnam vets. come home to find peers have moved ahead in education or job seniority.] [Ex-medic Lonnie GENTRY - says hoped to get good job coming out of service, but this is difficult.] Gentry works as ambulance driver for $95/wk.; couldn't find job using medical skills. [Larry MILLER - says vets. with experience doing certain things in military can't get civilian jobs requiring parallel skills.] Chris Kelley talks with vet. Larry Walton. [WALTON - says was asked by job interviewer to see his arms to detect whether Walton used heroin.] Hirers distrust vets. Govt. programs to find jobs for vets. unsuccessful. Jobs offered often poor. [Bill VARBLE - says if man can t get job he's likely to turn violent.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce

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