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May 5, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(1):38-41. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860180040015

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)April 28, 1945.

Ask Removal of Venereal Disease as War Disability  Congress and state legislatures have been asked to modify the Starnes Veteran Preference Act of 1944 to exclude venereal diseases as a war service connected disability allowing war veterans preferences in civil service appointments. The National Civil Service League, in a resolution, holds that enactment of Public Law 439 of 1944 entitles war veterans suffering from venereal diseases contracted in service to disability allowance. It claims that this puts a premium on misconduct and that such disability would be on a par with that paid men who lose arms, legs or eyes. The league contends that section 2 of an act of May 17, 1926 provided an amendment which said that "venereal disease shall not be presumed to be due to misconduct if the person in service complies with Army or Navy regulations

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