From the March 24, 1962 issue of America, a look at President Kennedy’s controversial secretary of defense:
The record of the Kennedy Administration in the field of military human relations is the opposite of its generally good record in the field of civilian human relations. However pleasant he may be in his personal dealings, Secretary of Defense McNamara has transmitted a public “image” of coolness, aloofness and, sometimes, even of disdain.
This impression seemed to have been confirmed last fall when the Department of Defense announced a one-dollar-per-visit charge for out-patient treatment of military “dependents” in military hospitals.
Out-patient treatment in the average military hospital has all the joys of a city hospital charity clinic. Continue reading