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January 1, 1982

Problems of Vietnam Veterans: A Correction

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Medical Center Durham, NC

JAMA. 1982;247(1):29. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320260017019

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To the Editor.—  I regret to note that one of the references cited in my article "The Psychological Problems of Vietnam Veterans" (1981;246:781) contained faulty information regarding suicides and criminal activity among Vietnam veterans, which I repeated in good faith in the article.My source for the information was the Presidential Review Memorandum on Vietnam Veterans, Oct 10, 1978, which was later published by the US House Committee on Veterans Affairs, 96th Congress in House Committee, print No. 38, 1979.After my article appeared, it was brought to my attention that then Administrator of Veterans Affairs Max Cleland had disavowed much of the information his agency had supplied the authors of the Presidential Review Memorandum.In a letter to then-Chairman Ray Roberts of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Cleland wrote on Jan 24, 1979, "Upon rechecking the source of the VEV [Vietnam-era veteran] suicide statistic to which you referred, it was