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Clemency Program Extended #236927

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 30, 1975
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(Studio) President extends clemency program for Vietnam deserters and draft dodgers.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) Clemency board chairperson hoped program could be extended 6 mos. [Chairperson Charles GOODELL - says President extended program 1 month because of tremendous response in past 3 weeks]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Report follows with regard to initially poor response to clemency program.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Indianapolis, IN) Less than 1/3 of deserters eligible for clemency plan have been processed at Indianapolis. Less than 14% of draft evaders have enrolled in program. Barely 4% of eligible convicted draftees or deserters have applied for pardon before clemency board
REPORTER: Steve Young

(Winnipeg, Canada) Most deserters and evaders in Canada think program too impractical or punitive. [Navy deserter Jim BLEASE - thinks program would work for single person with nothing to lose.] Blease gave up profitable trucking business to return to United States for alternative service; but wife's sickness forced him to return to Canada and security. [Susan BLEASE - says it's impractical to give up everything they've worked for in Canada to return to United States and low paying alternative service job.] [Evader Gene BUCHNER - rejects program because he doesn't feel guilty for having evaded draft.] Effectiveness of President' clemency program reviewed.
REPORTER: Steve Young

(Montpelier, VT) [VT Selective Service Colonel David PINKHAM - says economy bad; finding alternative service jobs for men enrolled in President' clemency program is very difficult.]
REPORTER: Steve Young

(Winnipeg, Canada) Majority of evaders and dodgers in Canada don't want to participate.
REPORTER: Steve Young

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob;
Young, Steve

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