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Supreme Court / Veterans Administration and Alcoholism #320789

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 20, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Supreme Court ruling with regard to alcoholism featured. Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Supreme Court reported ruling that government can regard vets. Eugene Traynor and James McKelvey's alcoholism as willful misconduct rather than disability. Court reported ruling vets. not entitled to extension of G.I. educ. that is granted to vets. suffering from physical or mental disorder. [McKELVEY - comments on reaction to ruling.] Justice Byron White quoted. American Medical Association noted categorizing alcoholism as disease for decades. Alcoholism public service announcement shown. [Psychologist Dr. Stanton PEELE - says people choose to become alcoholics.] [Dr. Ronald GERSHMAN - defends alcoholics.] [Veterans Administration spokesperson Thomas TURNAGE - comments on situation.] Vets. losing case noted preventing government and business from being inundated with disability claims from alcoholics. Ruling's impact upon treatment of alcoholism discussed. (Artist: Don Juhlin)

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan

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