President Reagan defended his Central American policies before an enthusiastic audience at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. He said the public is getting a distorted view of events in Central America.
The President answered criticism from Democratic presidential hopeful John Glenn, who said that the US needs ''to develop a rational defense policy based on a coherent foreign policy.'' Mr. Reagan insisted that he does have an overall military-planning and weapons-buying strategy.
After his speech Reagan signed legislation that established a temporary program to provide up to $300 million to encourage employers to hire and train veterans.