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October 13, 1945

Current Comment

JAMA. 1945;129(7):519-520. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860410035013

ARMY MEDICAL OFFICERS IN THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION  Apparently President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, toward the end of 1944, sent a directive to the Army and Navy medical departments which compelled them to assign a certain number of their officers to the Veterans Administration for use in veterans' hospitals. The number of physicians now so employed approximates 1,700 medical officers out of a total of 2,300 physicians in the Veterans Administration. Day after day letters are being received from these men complaining bitterly of their inability to obtain their release from this service either on the basis of a point system or by any other technic. Apparently the Veterans Administration requires at least 3,600 physicians to carry on its present activities, and it has only 2,300, of whom only 600 are men regularly in the Veterans service. Inquiries made directly of the Army and Navy medical departments do not indicate that the