As The American Legion, the budget-cutting Hoover Commission and its allied Citizens Committee lock horns over potentially massive reductions to the Veterans Administration, including the relinquishment of 16,000 hospital beds already authorized, North Korean military forces cross the 38th Parallel and invade the poorly equipped Republic of Korea.

Within days of the invasion, U.S. troops are back at war, fighting under the blue and white flag of the United Nations, to stop the communist incursion. The Korean War only delays the budget conflict; The American Legion’s battle to protect VA budgets resumes soon after the armistice is signed, and the effort to properly fund the VA continues.