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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL
Washington, December 5, 1927. The SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
MY DEAR MR.SPEAKER: In accordance with the requirements of the act of Congress approved August 18, 1894 (28 Stats. 412), I transmit herewith the report submitted by an officer of the Inspector General's Department, dated October 1, 1927, of the annual inspection by him, for the past fiscal year, of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, its branches, disbursements, management, discipline, and condition.
Attention is invited to the remarks of the Inspector General of the Army, dated October 18, 1927, accompanying the report. Sincerely yours,
DWIGHT F. Davis,
Secretary of War.
LETTER OF SUBMITTAL
Washington, October 18, 1.927. To the SECRETARY OF WAR:
1. Herewith is the report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1927, of the annual inspection of the headquarters, the general depot, and 10 branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. The inspection and report were made by Col. R. C. Humber, Inspector General's Department.
2. Attention is invited to the conclusions of the inspector, in which the undersigned concurs.
3. The inspection discloses in general that the condition of the home is very satisfactory. However, it is believed that some changes could be made that would improve the general condition. While in general these are specified in detail in the report, special attention is invited to the following:
(1) In view of the amount of receipts and disbursements of members’ deposit accounts, it is believed advisable that branch treasurers be required to render a monthly account current and schedule of receipts and disbursements,
(2) The officers and employees of the home are not under civil service and are not eligible for retirement. It is recommended that they be given a civil-service status.
(3) Under recent policy only men who have had military service are appointed as officers of the home. This has the effect of barring from deserved promotion a few officers of the lower grades and some employees who were appointed before the adoption of this policy and who have had no military service. Most of these employees are men of ability and long and efficient service with the home. It is recommended that so long as such persons remain in the service they be considered eligible for promotion.
(4) Members of the home receive without charge their food, shelter, clothing, amusement, and religious, medical, and dental services. In addition generally each member receives compensation or pension amounting to $50 to $80 a month. It is recommended that legislation be sought authorizing the Board of Managers to withhold an equitable proportion of the individual pensions or compensation money of the inmates in return for their support and maintenance by the home. It is believed that withholding about 20 per cent of compensation or pension would be justifiable, such moneys withheld to be passed into the general fund for maintenance of the home.
(5) In view of a considerable number of fires at the homes during the past year and the character of construction, it would seem that the protection of buildings and the safety of inmates demand frequent unannounced fire drills. Loss of life may possibly be avoided as long as nonfireproof buildings are used by adopting a policy of housing the more helpless inmates on the first floors.
(6) Funds for the repair of roads at several of the branches are much needed. Appropriations for this purpose are recommended.
(7) It is recommended that the intention of Congress be sought as to the home privileges for women disabled as a result of military service during the World War. Demand already exists and the question should be authoritatively settled. (Par. (16), p. 18.)
(8) It is recommended that a comprehensive study of the housing problem be made by the Board of Managers with a view to the adoption of a progressive program, as some new construction is required as well as the replacement of some of the present buildings.
W. C. RIVERS, Major General, the Inspector General.
BRANCHES OF THE NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS, FISCAL YEAR 1927
By Col. R. C. Humber, Inspector General's Department
Washington, October 1, 1927. Subject: Annual report, National Home for Disabled Volunteer
Soldiers, fiscal year 1927. To: The Secretary of War.
1. The following report of the annual inspection of the headquarters, the general depot and the 10 branches of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1927, is submitted.
The inspection was made in compliance with instructions contained in orders from The Adjutant General's Office dated June 18, 1927, and under the provisions of the act of Congress approved August 18, 1894, which requires that once in each fiscal year the Secretary of War shall cause to be made, by an officer of the Inspector General's Department, a thorough inspection of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, its records, disbursements, management, discipline, and condition.
The inspection was begun on July 1, 1927, and was completed August 29, 1927. I was accompanied upon this tour of inspection by Mr. Lewis S. Friedman, expert accountant, Inspector General's Department, who inspected the accounts of the disbursing officers and rendered valuable assistance in other ways.
2. The inspection of the 10 branches composing the home, the general depot, and the general headquarters office at the Central Branch, National Military Home, Dayton, Ohio, was made in the following order:
Exhibit Pacific Branch, Soldiers' Home, near Santa Monica, Calif., July 1-7, 1927-Battle Mountain Sanitarium, Hot Springs, S. Dak., July 14-16, 1927.
2 Western Branch, National Military Home, near Leavenworth, Kans., July 17-21, 1927
3 Northwestern Branch, National Home, near Milwaukee, Wis., July 22-25,
9 Eastern Branch, National Soldiers' Home, near Augusta, Me., Aug. 19-23, 1927...
10 Southern Branch, National Soldiers' Home, near Hampton, Va., Aug. 25–29, 1927.--
11 H. Doc. 155, 70—1—2