Disabled dinner guests illustrate need to increase compensation.
The American Legion scores its first legislative victory in Washington. Newly elected National Commander Franklin D’Olier and his fellow first-year Legionnaires from across the country are invited to a dinner by members of the House of Representatives.
The Legion, on its own, adds to the invitation list several severely disabled veterans from Walter Reed Army Hospital. The disabled veterans speak at the dinner about their conditions and scant support they receive – $30 a month for 100 percent service-connected disabilities.
The following day, revisions are made to the Sweet Bill, increasing compensation for totally disabled veterans by $50, to $80 per month, and it is rushed to passage before Christmas.