CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 23, 1978
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(Studio) Veterans of Foreign Wars vote at meeting in Dallas to admit women to mbrship. for 1st time stated. Report on changes in another vets' group.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(New Orleans, Louisiana) Av. American Legionnaire described; most noted as World War II vets. Incr. in young men and women joining organization reported [WW I vet Harold SWINNEY - wanted no part of organization after 1st getting out of Army; states reasons.] Dewey Spencer's service in Vietnam and use of vet's benefits to go to school mentioned; his expressed surprise that American Legion helped him reported [SPENCER - describes own image of typical Legionnaire.] Difference in image of Spencer and other Vietnam era vets who have joined American Legion cited. Spencer's leader in Arkansas delegation mentioned. [Vietnam vet David GIBBS - found that he had power to get certain ideas across, after being elected to Legion position.] [Vietnam vet Pat SMITH - notes one can't change anything from outside.] Pol. nature of young men and changes they are making within selves described. [SPENCER - comments on young men's outspokenness and says older men were same in their younger days; mentions World War I vets.] No. of vets from World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam listed.
REPORTER: Martha Teichner
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