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March 31, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(13):854-855. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860130114009

The Subcommittee on Wartime Health and Education of the Committee on Education and Labor of the United States Senate has issued a report on the health needs of veterans;1 this is condensed elsewhere in this issue of The Journal. Medical care for veterans would involve some 13,000,000 people, and, if their families are included, as many as 40,000,000. The senate committee has felt that the whole program of educational, employment and monetary benefits for veterans should be reexamined in the light of the accumulated experience. The subcommittee, of which Senator Claude Pepper is chairman, proposes to examine both the quality of medical service given in Veterans Administration facilities and the ability of the administration to discharge the heavy duties which will be placed on it. The committee points out that criticisms of the quality of service given by the Veterans Administration have been made by organizations and individuals who