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August 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The American Legion sued the government for the first time in its 72-year history, seeking to force health officials to finish a controversial study on Agent Orange. The nation's largest veterans group and the Vietnam Veterans of America, acting together, filed two similar suits concerning the Agent Orange issue in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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January 30, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a potentially historic union between soldiers who fought side by side but became aloof neighbors, an Orange County Vietnam veterans group has become the first chapter in the country to offer associate membership to former South Vietnamese soldiers, local veterans disclosed Saturday. The proposal from the Orange County chapter of the Washington-based Vietnam Veterans of America is still in its infancy, and veterans were hesitant to offer many details of the agreement.
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June 13, 1987 | Associated Press
The Vietnam Veterans of America and five members of Congress filed suit Friday to prevent the Reagan Administration from closing eight outreach centers for Vietnam War veterans. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, charges that the Veterans Administration's plan to close eight centers and move their operations to regular VA hospitals violates the intent of Congress. The VA already has closed an outreach center in Wilmington, Del., and plans closings in Rochester, N.Y.; Fayetteville, N.C.
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January 30, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a union between soldiers who fought side by side but became aloof neighbors, an Orange County Vietnam veterans group said Saturday that it has become the first local chapter in the country to offer associate membership to former South Vietnamese soldiers. The offer from the Orange County chapter of the Washington-based Vietnam Veterans of America is still in its infancy, and veterans were hesitant to offer many details of the agreement.
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April 10, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Podlaski is an angry man. A former Green Beret who fought in Indochina in the late 1960s, Podlaski thinks it is shameful the way the United States has denied assistance to its former enemies for the past 17 years. "I think America owes more of a debt to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia than anyplace in the world," he said. "In Cambodia, the assistance the government is giving is too little, too late. That's why we came here--the government is doing nothing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a union between soldiers who fought side by side but became aloof neighbors, an Orange County Vietnam veterans group said Saturday that it has become the first local chapter in the country to offer associate membership to former South Vietnamese soldiers. The offer from the Orange County chapter of the Washington-based Vietnam Veterans of America is still in its infancy, and veterans were hesitant to offer many details of the agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1991 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Klein sipped his coffee and surveyed the hundreds of homeless veterans milling about outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium early Friday, waiting for the doors to open. "You see everybody out here, (messed) up, dirty, unkempt, strung out on one thing or another," Klein muttered, slowly shaking his head. "I think your average Vietnam vet is a lost cause. Dead weight." "The whole Vietnam War was a joke," Klein added bitterly. "This is the end result. And I'm one of them."
NEWS
January 30, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a potentially historic union between soldiers who fought side by side but became aloof neighbors, an Orange County Vietnam veterans group has become the first chapter in the country to offer associate membership to former South Vietnamese soldiers, local veterans disclosed Saturday. The proposal from the Orange County chapter of the Washington-based Vietnam Veterans of America is still in its infancy, and veterans were hesitant to offer many details of the agreement.
NEWS
January 21, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an echo of controversies from years past, veterans groups are sharply divided on whether the Tomb of the Unknowns should be opened to determine if Vietnam-era remains are those of a downed Air Force pilot. As the Pentagon considers whether to disturb the revered site, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars are recommending that the government move cautiously before testing the remains to see if they belong to Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carla Bendele was raised in the shadow of tanks at the Army's armor training center at Ft. Hood, Tex. The daughter of a career officer, she knew the rigors and dangers of military life. One college sweetheart and her first husband were killed during the height of the war in Vietnam, and a second husband committed suicide after coming home from the war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To many veterans, the cascade of scourges has a biblical quality: Post-traumatic stress disorder. Agent Orange. Birth defects. Gulf War syndrome. Now there is hepatitis C. The chronic liver ailment turns up in ex-service personnel who use VA facilities--especially Vietnam-era vets--at a rate four times the national average, medical experts say.
NEWS
February 6, 1998 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's hard to imagine how the Nobel Peace Prize could bring so much grief. Nearly four months after winning the 1997 prize, the global campaign to rid the world of land mines is still reeling from the impact, torn by ego clashes and disagreements, including a fight over control of the award money.
NEWS
January 21, 1998 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an echo of controversies from years past, veterans groups are sharply divided on whether the Tomb of the Unknowns should be opened to determine if Vietnam-era remains are those of a downed Air Force pilot. As the Pentagon considers whether to disturb the revered site, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars are recommending that the government move cautiously before testing the remains to see if they belong to Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J.
NEWS
April 10, 1992 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Podlaski is an angry man. A former Green Beret who fought in Indochina in the late 1960s, Podlaski thinks it is shameful the way the United States has denied assistance to its former enemies for the past 17 years. "I think America owes more of a debt to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia than anyplace in the world," he said. "In Cambodia, the assistance the government is giving is too little, too late. That's why we came here--the government is doing nothing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1991 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger Klein sipped his coffee and surveyed the hundreds of homeless veterans milling about outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium early Friday, waiting for the doors to open. "You see everybody out here, (messed) up, dirty, unkempt, strung out on one thing or another," Klein muttered, slowly shaking his head. "I think your average Vietnam vet is a lost cause. Dead weight." "The whole Vietnam War was a joke," Klein added bitterly. "This is the end result. And I'm one of them."
NEWS
August 3, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The American Legion sued the government for the first time in its 72-year history, seeking to force health officials to finish a controversial study on Agent Orange. The nation's largest veterans group and the Vietnam Veterans of America, acting together, filed two similar suits concerning the Agent Orange issue in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
NEWS
August 4, 1987 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
Oliver North. Those two words still had people cheering, booing, shrugging or scowling last week at the third national convention of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who has figured so prominently in the Iran- contra controversy was applauded, condemned or branded a zealot. But all said they felt a sense of kinship with North because, like them, he had served in America's longest war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To many veterans, the cascade of scourges has a biblical quality: Post-traumatic stress disorder. Agent Orange. Birth defects. Gulf War syndrome. Now there is hepatitis C. The chronic liver ailment turns up in ex-service personnel who use VA facilities--especially Vietnam-era vets--at a rate four times the national average, medical experts say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carla Bendele was raised in the shadow of tanks at the Army's armor training center at Ft. Hood, Tex. The daughter of a career officer, she knew the rigors and dangers of military life. One college sweetheart and her first husband were killed during the height of the war in Vietnam, and a second husband committed suicide after coming home from the war.
NEWS
August 4, 1987 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
Oliver North. Those two words still had people cheering, booing, shrugging or scowling last week at the third national convention of the Vietnam Veterans of America. The Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who has figured so prominently in the Iran- contra controversy was applauded, condemned or branded a zealot. But all said they felt a sense of kinship with North because, like them, he had served in America's longest war.
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