Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 1773 - 2007. News Clippings


Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 1773 - 2007. News Clippings

Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 1773 - 2007. News Clippings

This series consists of records from the Veterans Administration's (VA) Information Service, which reflects its work in monitoring local and national newspapers for articles (both positive and negative) about the VA and veterans-related issues or events as well as news stories about specific veterans or by specific writers, columnists, or journalists. The files also document the VA's public relations efforts as it responded to and dealt with these articles. The materials are mainly comprised of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memorandums. Other types of records include press releases, speeches, and some photographs. There are also several reports from the General Accounting Office (GAO) which look at various VA policies and procedures. The records deal mostly with veterans' medical care at VA hospitals and other veterans' benefits, such as financial aid for education (i.e., the GI Bill), military pensions, insurance, and assistance with securing loans. Also included are files concerning veterans returning from the Vietnam War and their efforts to readjust to civilian society. There are also materials focusing on the purchase and distribution of drugs and medicine at VA hospitals as well as drug abuse by veterans. Files containing articles and newspaper clippings about specific veterans include three noteworthy ones: Lt. Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, World War II flying ace of the famed Black Sheep Squadron; Sergeant Alvin C. York, Medal of Honor recipient from World War I; and Major Claude Eatherly, pilot of the B-29 bomber "Straight Flush" that flew over Hiroshima, Japan ahead of the "Enola Gay." The Information Service also collected materials regarding critical comments made by Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin about VA practices.

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Boyington, Gregory "Pappy", 1912-1988 (person)

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was an American combat pilot who was a United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. A Marine aviator with the Pacific fleet in 1941, Boyington joined the "Flying Tigers" (1st American Volunteer Group) of the Republic of China Air Force and saw combat in Burma in late 1941 and 1942 during the military conflict between China and Japan. In September 1942, Boyington...

York, Alvin Cullum, 1887-1964 (person)

Alvin Cullum York (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), also known as Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking at least one machine gun, killing at least 25 enemy soldiers and capturing 132. York's Medal of Honor action occurred during the United States-led portion of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, which was intended to breach the Hindenburg line a...

Proxmire, William (person)

Eatherly, Claude. (person)