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February 10, 1934

Government Services

JAMA. 1934;102(6):468. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750060050019

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Review of Veterans' Claims by One Hundred and Twenty-Eight Boards  Special boards of review appointed by President Roosevelt to pass on borderline cases of war veterans' presumptive service disabilities found in a consideration of 51,213 cases that 21,955, or 42.87 per cent, were service connected, according to the consolidated report recently made public by General Frank T. Hines, Veterans' Administrator. One hundred and twenty-eight boards met in fifty-five regional areas. The percentage of service connected cases in the several areas varied from 23.43 per cent in the Burlington, Vt., area to 74.68 per cent in the area about Charlotte, N. C. Several reasons were advanced for this variance, including personal appearance by veterans or their representatives and credence given to their statements; effective presentation of cases and the fact that some boards were more liberal in their interpretations than others. In addition, the fact that in some areas a larger

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