CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 21, 1985
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(Studio) Recent criticism of defense spending, include criticism by OMB director David Stockman, recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Norfolk, Virginia) Mil. hsing. for officers and enlisted personnel, according to findings of Better Govt. Association, compared; films, photos shown. Plea to landlords by Army General John Wickham cited; irony in Wickham's remarks due to taxpayers' costly refurbishing of his home noted. [Representative W.G. HEFNER - thinks gap between officers and enlisted hsing. is too much.] Fin. plight of enlisted personnel recalled illustrated by Danny Holley's suicide in effort to alleviate family's economy distress. [Jennifer HOLLEY - recalls son's death, hunger.] Specific expenditures for Wickham's home outlined on screen; Marine budget for commandant's home, Navy's expenses for commander's residence listed on screen. 1980 Pentagon audit recalled recommending shutting down larger older military homes due to cost; details outlined. [Mil. hsing. OFR. - notes taxpayers provide improperly used funds.] [Assistant defense secretary Lawrence KORE - defs. lavish expenditures.] [Senator Gary HART - criticizes system.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel