NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 24, 1979
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(Studio) Incrd. displacement of veterans from Veterans Administration hospitals to boarding homes noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Baltimore, Maryland) Farmington, Missouri, boardinghouse fire, in which 3 veterans placed there by Veterans Administration were killed, recalled; reasons for Veterans Administration placement of them stated. Film shown. [Veterans Administration patient Raymond NEWMAN - recalls boarding house prior to fire.] Missouri state licensing and Veterans Administration approval of boarding home even though neither fire extinguisher system nor escape plan existed noted. No. of veterans presently living in boardinghses. stated; care cost of boardinghouse and Veterans Administration hospital compared on screen. Accusations against Veterans Administration with regard to "dumping" of patients in light of Carter admin. attempts to decrease Veterans Administration hospital admissions and costs outlined. [Veterans Administration sin. Dr. Ralph GOLDMAN - denies chgs.; states goal of "personal care home program."] Upcoming congress investigation of laws governing placement of veterans in boarding homes noted.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson
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