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Vietnam Veterans Day / Veterans' Problems #233642

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 29, 1974
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(Studio) President declares today as Vietnam Veterans Day. President speaks at National War College.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) [PRES. - urges vets not to be discouraged by protesters against war. Amnesty discussed.] Veterans lobby for better benefits at Senate committee hearings.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Senator Veteran Affairs Committee hears testimony from some vets.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) [Vietnam vet Warren NAGLE - criticizes President' commemoration of Vietnam Veterans Day; ceremony closed to public.] [Michael DEMPSEY - wants same benefits as World War II veterans.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Ea. veteran faced with specific problem.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(La Grange, Illinois) In May, 1968, Ofc. Rory Bailey blinded by explosion in Vietnam. After 32 operations, Bailey wears mask to hide wounds from public. In 1972, Bailey underwent operation performed by private surgeon, but Veterans Administration refused to pay. Journalist Mike Royko harshly criticizes VA for refusal to pay; President hears about case; VA pays for surgery. [VA counselor Carl SMITH - admits VA made error but believes ruling would have been made in Bailey's favor sooner or later.] Bailey's personal life outlined. [BAILEY - says he never would have gone to Vietnam if he had known about his future.] Bailey's goals outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Mudd, Roger;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Plante, Bill

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