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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 18

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7C · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun., June ?, 1974 »»vrrriviLn. By South Vietnamese Government Disabled Veterans Said Forgotten SAIGON AP) -- In a country at war, notliing is loosed ijsidc faster than a lank thnl won't run, a gun thai won't shoot, or a plane that won't My -- unless it's ;\ soldier who can't fight any more. Vietnam's rice paddies and hilltops are rusting graveyards for thousands of castoff metal eyesores abandoned hi (he hunt of bailie and left lo fester in the- sun and hk'er! into the earth. But the disabled South Vietnamese veteran, like his American counterpart, is a l i v i n g scar, a man with a broken body and a worried mind. The Ministry of Veterans Affair .s says there are about 100.- QG disabled former soldiers in South Vietnam, while the conn try's largest disabled veterans association estimates there have been 205.001) s i n c e 1Q54. American and ministry officials say that since the a.In' 28. 1373. ceasefire, more than 1.000 men have been disabled every month. One out of five young men wlio march off to war in this Weather Forecast Rain or showers are expecl- cd today over most of the central stales ol the nation. including already drenched Norlhwesl Arkansas. Showers are also predicted for portions of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. (AP Wirepholo) FBI Agent Tells Of White House Request WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI headquarters disputed the contention of the head of the bureau's Chicago office t h a t he was asked to gather political information on Dermra-atic Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey for use by While House officials. FBI Argent Richard Hold said 1 in a Chicago television interview Friday that the request came shortly before (he November 19J2 election, in which President Nixon won a second term. In Washington. FBI spokesman Tom Coll said Held w«s referring to a teletype message to 18 or 19 major field offices "inquiring about issues of the day or things affecting law enforcement that President Nixon should have been aware of in the event he visited these areas." "The teletype did not mention Humphrey by name or any candidate, but it did mention (he White House." Coll added. In the interview with WRBM- TV, Held said he was in charge of tile FBI's Minneapolis, Minn., office at the time. "Obviously, they wanted information that would he against Hubert Humphrey and tlie likes because that's a strong Democratic stale, and they wanted to know conditions which they fell they could send people out to speak against." Held said. Humphrey was not a candidate for office at the time, '['fie Minnesota scnalor had lost a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination to Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., months earlier. Coll said the matter of the teletype message came out in March 1373 during Senate hearings on . Patrick Gray's nomination to be permanent FRI director. Gray, who was acting FBI director when the message was sent, testified that it was trans- milted during his absence and lie objected strongly wiion he learned of it later. Check Losses LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Loss- js from bad checks are between S500 million and SI oil- lion annually, according to Leo Aiilt II, president of Tolecredit Inc.. a Los Angeles based loss prevention and recovery service. Ault claims tliat more than :).20D potential bad check writers were prevented Irom practicing their deceit thanks to Telecredit's on-line check verification system -- a computerized information program keyed to driver's license numbers. Summer Opera Opens CINCINNATI (AP) -- Open ing the Cincinnati Summer Opera will be Beverly Sills am John Alexander in "Roberto Devereux" on June 26. T h i s opera lias never been presentee by the company and this pro duclion, the gift of the Corbet Foundation to t h c New York City O p e r a in 1970, has not been seen outside New York and Los Angeles. :onnlry come home per- nannnlly injured. The government gives more noney to the badly disabled 'etcran than to a heatthy sol- lier of the same rank still on ctivc duty. If, as a s e c o n d ieutenant, he earned $17 nonthly but now has a 50 per cent disability, he will receive .8.50 for himself. $1.75 for his viFe, SI.75 for each child, a rice lowance. free housing bene- its, lifetime medical care for limself and his family, job preference and education hene- 'its for his children. The higher he disability, the better the jenefits. But in today's crumbling economy, that's barely enough 'o survive. Aside from the .trictly financial aspect, their sycho!ogical damage and jlunlcd earning potential are beyond compulation. And until hree years ago, they had practically nothintr. STREET MARCHES From early 1970 unti! mirt- ! 9 7 1 , d i s a b l e d veterans narehed in llie streets of a] most all of Vietnam's major cities, demanding pensions, so cial benefits and squatters rights. The demonstrations 'requently erupted in violence. Spine militants committed suicide, and manj were jailed be"ore the government bowed to their demands. Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thach, director of the National Rehabilitation Institute, says the Buddhist-Confucius belief defenitely retards progress toward physi cal and vocational rehabilitation, hut simultaneously contributes toward better "mental adjustment. "I don't think the psychological effects of a permanent injury are loo important lo the Vietnamese people,' Thach said. "Usually you find menial trauma toward am putccism only in Europeans or Americans. Here in Vietnam we arc more fatalistic. We ac cept our fates much more eas ily and the common people handle real disaster a lot better." Before the withdrawal of U S forces in March, 1973, about 75 per cent of the disabled veterans had johs. When American dollars departed and the hot torn fell out of South Vietnam's economy, the unem ploy men' rate of disabled veterans soared to between 50 and SO per cent. Today there aren't unougl jobs for healthy people, tel alone the untrained handi capped. NO STATISTICS There are no firm statistics on South Vietnam's unemploy ment, but government officials estimate the number of jobless at "a few hundred thousand" or "more than half a million." WHAT YOU WANT IS WHAT WE GOT Interviews with disabled veterans reveal several recurrent lomplaints: ft takes months lo ;el the simplest forms process- 'd; vocational rehabilitation courses aren't relevant; petty payoffs are invariably a prerequisite lo getting anything done n a reasonable amounl of time. Most disabled soldiers get out if a military-hospital, get discharged from service, follow hrough long enough to apply r or pensions and then go back o their families. Some 70 per cent of the disabled vets have retreated to their ancestral vil- ages in the countryside, the Jovcrnmenl savs. The most visible disabled veterans are (he ones who congregate in the cities to beg. Their rime targets are the 6,000 remaining Americans, the French ·md wealthy Vietnamese who requent belter restaurants. Dressed in ragged para- roopcr or ranger unifoms and jaefoot, these beggars usually .ravel in threes and fours. "Because it is a lot less rouble, many of us have become the helpless victims of a 'orm of disabled veterans' ex- .orlion," one Saigon reslauranl manager said. "They run in Jacks and can be ugly and dan- 'erous. So, if they come in and jester the customers, we don't do anything about it. If they order food and don't pay, we ignore it. -Who's going to hit a disabled veteran with one leg?" "I don't want to beg, it is very shameful, so 1 sell magazines and newspapers," said Nguyen Ngoc An. 28, a former corporal wounded in the 1968 Tet offensive, "I will never beg." MAKES ROUNDS An spends his days leaning on a crutch making the rounds of Saigon restaurants. He says that following li i s discharge from the Army in 1971 with one leg shorter than the other, he couldn't get any benefits because he had no identification card. "I sacrificed for the country and what do I get? I gel nothing," he said bitterly. The former private receives about $10 month from the government fnr his 75 per cent disability. His daily income from selling magazines is less than $1. Vietnam has six vocational rehabilitation centers, the largest located just north of Saigon at Thu Due. U has a capacity of just 150 trainees at a time. The director is Maj. Truong Tan Le. J3, who lost his left leg in 10t4, Like many other middle-echelon civil servants involved in reconstruction efforts, Le dreams of bigger and better facilities, streamlined bureaucracy and united efforts by all his people to heal Vietnam's war wounds. "We are physically disabled but we are not mentally disabled," enthused Le. "We can become normal people who don't need pity or priority con- dilions if we help ourselves." BQWEN'S RESTAURANT SUNDAY BUFFET "ALL-U-CARE-TO-EAT" At Our Moderate Price of 2.95 for Adults 1.50 Children 6-12 Children under 6 Always "Free" Located in Northwest Arkansas Plaza Serving from 11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. Featuring This Sunday: ' · B.B.Q. Beef · Deep Fried Shrimp · Breasted Chicken · Sweet Sour Pork · Deep Fried Filet of Turbot Always A Delicious Variety of Fourteen Salads and Eight Vegetables From Which To Choose. "FOR FATHERS ONLY" $50.00 Gift Certificate To Be Given Away by BOWEN'S of Northwest Arkansas Plaza From SEARS ROEBUCK CO. 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