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Amnesty Program / Draft Deserter Profiled #232155

CBS Evening News for Friday, Nov 29, 1974
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(Studio) President Ford grants full pardons or conditional clemency to 18 former Vietnam draftees.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) [President FORD - says American won't forget those who served and died in Vietnam, but in that same spirit, formal clemency underway.] Amnesty program generally ignored. Clemency board chairperson Charles Goodell says very few men eligible for amnesty program have come forward.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Only 118 draft dodgers turn themselves in, but number considerably higher for draft deserters.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(La Jolla, California) Jim Dobbins deserted Army in `69; discusses his decision to return to United States from Canada. [DOBBINS - says decision very hard to make.] Plans to clean up records in United States then resume life in Canada. Dobbins processed at Camp Atterbury, IN; length of Dobbins alternative service depends on several factors. By evening, Dobbins learns he'll serve 21 mos. alternate service. Dobbins flies to San Francisco and visits draft board; must find alternate service job within 30 days. Dobbins visits ocean and family for 1st time in 6 years [DOBBINS - doesn't feel extremely comfortable yet,although it feels good to be on familiar ground.] After processing and orientation back in Army, Dobbins decides to do alternative service and to stay in US.
REPORTER: Steve Young

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob;
Young, Steve
Duration:
00:06:10

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