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August 7, 1943


Don C. Smith; Deputy Administrator, Services to the Armed Forces.
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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1943;122(15):1033-1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320051021

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To the Editor:—  In Mr. Bondy's absence from the city I am writing concerning the procedure to obtain an emergency furlough for a serviceman stationed outside the continental United States.Permission for an emergency furlough may be granted only by the man's commanding officer, and the military and naval authorities are placing more restrictions on the granting of furloughs. Arrangements for furloughs are rendered increasingly difficult because of the problems of locating a serviceman and limited facilities for communication and transportation. Many men are stationed where the distance involved practically precludes a furlough being granted. Servicemen may be ready to embark for foreign stations or be en route under sealed orders, in which instances they may not be reached. It is frequently impossible to reach naval personnel immediately if they are attached to ships.Military and naval authorities frequently ask for full details. In cases of illness a doctor's diagnosis

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