A group of Vietnam veterans protested outside City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (9 March) about poor benefits and lack of jobs.
GV & SV Veterans carrying banners & chanting parade outside City Hall (2 shots)
GV & SV INT Senator & Mayor conducting investigation (3 shots)
SV & CU Veterans seated (3 shots)
Congressman Louis Stokes speaking:
CU Veteran Donald Clayton speaking:
CU Veteran Gregory Penn speaking:
CU Veteran Paul Schumacher speaking:
SV & GV Officials preside
REPORTER: "A group of Vietnam veterans stages a demonstration at Cleveland City Hall dramatising their demands for better benefits and jobs. They also want 2,500 dollars (955 pounds sterling) in compensation for wages lost while in service.
India City Hall, Congressman Silvio Cotti of Massachusetts and Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk were conducting a hearing on the problems of Vietnam veterans. Among those testifying were a number of young outspoken veterans and Democratic Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio who blasted President Nixon.
CONGRESSMAN LOUIS STOKES: "Painful experience has had to teach us that what this administration promised us and what it delivers are two entirely different things. A close look at the President's record in his 1974 budget tells me that when it comes to the Vietnam veteran the President is long on oratory, but short on assistance."
DONALD CLAYTON: "What about the fellows, the people that suffered over there most; the ones that come back home they don't get that fanfare that the World War II veteran gets. They don't get full tuition and a subsistence allowance, they get 220 dollars and what - that don't cover tuition. Do you know what tuition costs are?"
GREGORY PENN: "If this veteran who knows nothing other than killing went into the military and they made him eleven B. And they tell him if he comes home with a less than honourable discharge: "I ain't giving you no job", the man knows how to survive and that's what he will do."
PAUL SCHUMACHER: "I don't know - I got emotional about it. I'm just through with this. I'm ready to - as soon as I have the money, I'm just going to leave the country."
REPORTER: "It was the second of three such hearing being conducted across the country on the problems of veterans."
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Background: A group of Vietnam veterans protested outside City Hall in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (9 March) about poor benefits and lack of jobs. They said they wanted 2,500 dollars (995 pounds sterling) compensation for wages lost while they were in military service.
Inside the City Hall, a group of U.S. city mayors were conducting an investigation into the problems faced by veterans who have come home and have had difficulty getting jobs. At the hearing, the second of three in different cities, angry young veterans denounced poor benefits which did not meet education costs, and lack of jobs.
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SYNOPSIS: A group of Vietnam war veterans protested outside the city hall in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday about low benefits and lack of jobs. They say they want two-thousand five-hundred dollars compensation for wages lost while in military service. Inside the city hall, a group of mayors were investigating problems facing returning Vietnam veterans.
Angry veterans gave evidence and Democratic Congressman Louis Stokes criticised President Nixon.
It was the second of three hearings on the problems of some of the United States' three million Vietnam veterans.