The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 8, 1947 · Page 7
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Eti t, 1MT W. H. (•*) rtASI Lbeil Some Former Army and Navy Officers With Life Pensions Face House Committee Probe By Frank Eleaur United Pr*M StaJf Corresparidenl WASHINGTON, Dec. 8. (U.P.)—The armed forces an* Congress began tightening a pincers today around "disabled" officers, who are enjoying good health and high pay along with tax-free retirement pensions. The crackdown, stemming direct- Heroes Get their Reward Is Irom the case of retired MaJ. An. Bennett E. Meyers, brought ffiese developments: 1. Defense Secretary Jime* Forrestal said the Army-Navy personnel board had recommended (1) periodic recxamlnatlons In the future for all persons retired on disability grounds «nd (3) that their compensation be related to the percentage of actual disability, Instead of being fixed on.the present "all or nothing" basis. 2. A House armed services subcommittee was called Into closed session to okay a questionnaire that will be sent to most of the more (han 32,000 Army and Navj officers retired for disability since V-J day. It will Inquire, among other things, into their private salaries and the present state of (heir health. Chairman Charles H. Elston. R O., said open hearings would be held soon on the pre«nt retire menl system under which officer discharged for disability draw 1 per cent of base pay, tax-free, fo life. Meyers Latts liifl Per Month Forrestal disclosed the sugges tlons ol Ihe Army-Navy parsonne board in an "interim report" t President Truman. Mr. Trum had asked for a list of officers re tired for physical disability afte a Senate committee was told tha Gen Meyers secretly owned a wa subcontracting'.firm while jervin as a high air force procuremei officer during the war. Meyers was retired from the Ai my for physical disability in 1945 was drawing $550 a month tax- until the Air Force cut him off a result of the Senate investigation. The government U now seeking indictments against him at grand Jury, hearings which arc expected to resume tomorrow-. Forrtstal told Mr. Truman that a committee of the Army-Navy personnel board began studying disability discharges last -September. He said he hoped (o have a final report by next Monday but that it would not be "premature*' to say that the board suggested periodic reexaminations and a new basis lor disability pensions. Forrestal noted that the veterans dmlnfslratloh already was busing ompensation on the degree of a lan's actual disability. The armed ervlces, on/the other hand, now ive person* of equal rank the ame pension regardless of the de- ree of disability. Rep. Elston said only obvious bat- E casualties would, escape the ueries by his House subcommittee. Would End Abuse. A s|K>kesman for the disabled American veterans served notice hat his tsroup will protest any ef- ort to smear a disabled officer solely on the/ grounds that he Is drawing good pay in private work He said, however, he will be gla< o see any abuses of the retirement system rooted out. Th dibbled American veterans have been active In promoting employment o handicapped ex-servicemen. Elslon said Army, Navy and Marine leaders will be called to testify at open hearings, probably this week, on working of the retirement system under which officers dls- Neighbors Build Home for Widow After Her Eviction TAMPA, Pie;,- Bti. I (OT)_An Iderljr widow, who slept outdoor! n a couch after belnt evleUd from er home, took shelter today In a Heroe. both .re belong to Mr. and Mr>. Raymond Smith, ol Brooklyn. Ban on Christmas Carol Singing in Schools in Brooklyn Is Rescinded charged for disability draw 75 per NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UP)— Super, cent of base pay. tax-free, for life, intendent of Schools William Jan' m Foreign Tongue The subcommittee was to decide who to call Ilrst, and when. To go on the witness list later. Elston I said, sre so-far undisclosed offl- | cers whose pensions the commit- j tee considers open to question. The 'chairman said letters »nd telegrams are being received from all over the country, "telling us about officers who might be looked into." A committee source said the inquiry is aimed mainly at "possible fraud in administration of the present law, as well as favoritism and laxity." It also is expected to touch all reported inequities between regular and reserve officers. Hopes He's Wrong Elston said one thing the committee wilt study is whether ofti- cers 1 disabilities should be subject to periodic review, as are those of enlisted men. Ex-GI's draw compensation based not on rank or service pay but on the extent of their liandicup. They can be recalled for medical examination periodically. Ano:her House subcommittee leaded by Rep. George Bender, B. O., meantime delayed Its invest! gallon into reported profits, and postwar Jobs of some wartime procurement officers. Bender said an investigation into the Reconstruction Finance Corp must be completed first. Then th officer inquiry will get undenva "as fast as possible." "We hope we are 100 per cent wrong," Bender said. "But .evidence in our files Indicates that all. was not right.among some of our procurement officers." sen said Saturday it was all right lo sing "Silent Night," nnd "Hark Ten Jto««f UrfW By Senator Futtrif M WAOHUKlTOrf, DM. i, <XTP) _ Sen, J. William rulfcrtfht, D., Alt, aald. tMtay he pUw to Introduce letlalaUon to repeal the "r«*VlcU*« and dliorimliuterjr" UM* on d*»- Injr put together by' §yrapa- hetlo neighbor!. Owner! of the property occupied iy Mri. J. J. McNeal aald that the 2-year-old prallcnl nurse had made 10 payments on Ihe hmiM In alx •ears, and that the van given two weeks nollce after foreclosure pre- leedlngs were completed. Mr«. McNral, however, refused to move and iherlffit deputlM carried ler belonging! Into the front yard Saturday. At first. Mrs, McNeal declined shelter offered by friends and the Salvation Army, aayiiuj the wanted o "guard my things." After a night n Ihe open she consented to occupy a 12-foot shack covered with a tarpaulin which iietRhixirn built on lot Mrs. McNeftl own*. The effect of the UXM, Fulbrifht •aid In e, »UUawnt, U t» raetrict •he market ofrfarnun who produce eoybean* and eotton***d oil in fa- or of fej-men who produce but- er-fat. the Herald Angles Sine" at Chrlsl mas programs In 23 Brooklyn schools If the principals aproved. Ills statement, In e(feet, rescinded an order by Assistant Superintendent Isaac Bildersee banning carols containing references to the nativi- ty and forbidding UM> of decorative religious symbols. "Ill tha observance of Chrlilmai, Janscn's statement srtlrt, "our schools will, us In lh« punt, preten such npproiirlate program! and exercises as me, In Ihe judgement o: the principal, the tramcK »nd t,hi pnrtlclpant.s, stillcfl to the occasion It Is oxccleri (lint, us always, th principle of frrcdom of religion worship will be respected." Jansen'x statement followed meeting !*xt night with Andrew Clauson, Jr., president of the Boar of Education. JMudy •! BMteorite* picked up how» theea U> b* th* earn* age aa hat of the eartn'a eruM. 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Despite a drizzling rain, members of the Naval surface forces, Army ' round Force reserve and the Ten- I nessee National Guard teamed In j maneuver before several thous-' and spectators. Poor weather limited aerial participation. Units of the 155th Fight er Squadron of the Tennessee Ah National Guard were the only'plane.s in the simulated combat. The 105th Fighter Squadron of the Tennessee Air Guard started out from Nashville but turned back on orders. Arkansas Naval Reserve units also took part In the maneuver. Modern ' Alemite Lubrication U. £. T I R E S TUBES STUDEB AKERS S.CHAMBLIN SALES CO. * STUDEIAKIR • ITUDCBAKMt Drive kf (** a tree new* en TOW eHeuMoaf Detnetef . Be prepared lor wtnU*. X late model wed nan ... alt fuanntae* STUDEBAKER8 Two centuries ago, men who served on juries In cape Cod communities were prohibited from chewing tobacco- Now In Progress JIMMIE EDWARDS GREAT Anniversary Sale! 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