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AIDS Victim

July 10, 1985

The U.S. Navy has been disgraced by the recent recommendation of a panel of three commissioned officers to deny medical benefits to Byron Kinney because he has AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Anyone in the Navy who seriously believes that "good morale" can be protected by this breach of basic human decency may be in for a rude surprise. I trust there are thousands of men and women of military age who are watching this case to see how the Navy treats its own, and I trust that the Department of the Navy will reverse the panel's recommendation.

ALAN KROEBER

Los Angeles

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