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Special Segment (Military Pensions) #536847

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 04, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Controversy over issue of growing military pensions and role in rising budget deficits examined. [sergeant Major (ret.) Leon VAN AUTREVE - defs. pension program.] [Budget Policy Center spokesperson Robert GREENSTEIN - feels pension program serves small, elite segment of service personnel.] Size of military entitlement program outlined on screen. [GREENSTEIN - describes major of military pension recipients.] Mil. pension income of Colonel (ret.) Frank Borman, president of Eastern Airlines, cited as example, compared with retired IBM executive [Assistant defense secretary Lawrence KORB - defs. military pension.] World War I era films shown. Original and current philosophical basis of pension explained. [VAN AUTREVE, GREENSTEIN - offer opposing views.] [Colonel (ret.) John KEELEY - calls for reform of pension program.] Inequity of current program noted. [KORB - equates pension plan with national security]

Brokaw, Tom;
Hart, John

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