ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 19, 1977
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(Studio) 1st 2 deserters to take advantage of President's military discharge upgrade program are processed at Fort Harrison Army headquarters in IN. At national headquarters for program in Overland, Missouri, response has been overwhelming.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Overland, Missouri) Report on procedure at headquarters where applicants call to get upgrade started. [Phone operator Gloria STEVENS - says some of stories are sad.] [Operator Larry MITCHELL - cites example of 1 man who was absent without leave so much he was discharged.] Mitchell is Vietnam vet and supports program; others don't. Protesters are referred to military supervisors. [Captain Larry PFISTERER - describes handling of protest calls.] After processing here, records go to Washington, DC for final procedure. [WOMAN - tells caller he should hear something in 2 or 3 weeks] Officials say response is better than to Ford clemency program.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
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