Hospital Building Program: World War Veterans' Legislation : Hearings Before the Subcommittee on the Hospital Building Program, Seventieth Congress, Second Session on Proposed Legislation, H.R. 15921

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Page 1 - Government or on sites to be acquired by purchase, condemnation, gift, or otherwise, of such hospitals, domiciliary, and out-patient dispensary facilities, to include the necessary buildings and auxiliary structures, mechanical equipment, approach work, roads, and trackage facilities leading thereto; vehicles...
Page 39 - I do not want to take up much of the time of the committee, but I just wish to go on record in favor of the Kendall bill, HR 4478.
Page 2 - That not to exceed 3 per centum of this sum shall be available for the employment in the District of Columbia and in the field of necessary technical and clerical assistants at the customary rates of compensation, exclusively to aid in the preparation of the plans and specifications for the projects authorized herein and for the supervision of the execution thereof, and for traveling expenses, field-office equipment, and supplies in connection therewith.
Page 69 - States veterans' hospital who are not being hospitalized. And we can not say, that because the Veterans' Bureau does not lavor it and does not recommend it, we can not allow it. This is a matter for Congress, and it is up to us to make ample provision. Mr. BROWNING. Will you permit an interruption? Mr. DOWELL. Certainly; I will be glad to. Mr. BROWNING. I would like to get your reaction on this proposition : The provision of the law, as I recall it, is that we must hospitalize service-connected cases....
Page 68 - ... may be necessary to serve the area, including the State of Iowa, is now receiving consideration. It is fully appreciated that Government facilities for the hospitalization of neuropsychiatric, especially psychetic, cases are limited and the bureau proposes to present this matter to Congress during its present session at which time the needs of the bureau, supported by full and complete information indicating the requirements, will be made available. Your interest in bringing this matter to my...
Page 63 - ... came to me with the suggestion that the United States Veterans' Hospital at Knoxville, Iowa, was wholly inadequate for the hospitalization of the veterans who were entitled to treatment in that hospital. He made an investigation of the subject and I think he made a very thorough investigation, and I am going to give this committee, in as brief a time as I am able, the exact condition that now exists in the State of Iowa, and I preface it by saying, at the present time, that the beds are filled...
Page 1 - ... vehicles, livestock, furniture, equipment, and accessories ; and also to provide accommodations for officers, nurses, and attending personnel ; and also to provide proper and suitable recreational centers ; and the Director of the United States Veterans' Bureau is authorized to accept gifts or donations for any of the purposes named herein.
Page 71 - ... message and that was generally interpreted and has been acted upon, until recently, as a humane and reasonable proposal to put empty beds at the command of nonservice-connected cases. Mr. DOWELL. But, Mr. Chairman, when it is apparent that you hav.e not enough beds for those of service origin, it is very clear and must be clear to this committee and to the Members of Congress that that provision of the law is defeated. Mr. LUCE. Why, certainly; and that is the great trouble before this committee...
Page 67 - State hospitals, above referred to, aggregate 114. Permit me to call your attention to the further fact that, recently, while in Des Moines, Iowa, upon request of relatives and friends of ex-service men, I have taken up with the regional office of the Veterans' Bureau, the question of hospitalization at Knoxville, and have been informed by the regional office at Des Moines, Iowa, that there were no vacant beds there. I am calling your attention to this situation with the hope that recommendation...
Page 63 - ... those who are sorely in need of this hospitalization. On December 1, 1927, after the investigation of this subject by Mr. McMahon, I received the following letter, from Mr. John J. McMahon of Des Moines, Iowa, and I offer same to be printed in the record as a part of my statement : BOARD OP SOLDIEP.S' RELIEF COMMISSIONERS, POLK COUNTY, IOWA, Des Moines, Iowa, December 1, 1927.

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