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August 7, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Six American congressmen, all Vietnam War veterans, left for Indochina as part of U.S. efforts to account for American soldiers missing since the Vietnam War. The trip comes amid other U.S. attempts to check the authenticity of a controversial photograph purportedly showing Vietnam War servicemen alive in Indochina. The congressmen are: Reps. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.), Pete Peterson (D-Fla.), Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), John J. Rhodes III (R-Ariz.), Wayne T. Gilchrist (R-Md.) and David E.
November 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A lump-sum payment of as much as $8,900 will be sent before Christmas to 9,300 Vietnam War veterans disabled by Agent Orange, according to an order signed in New York by a federal judge. The payments, totaling about $30 million, won't significantly change the total award an eligible veteran will receive but provide a large share of the compensation in a single payment, court officials said.
May 7, 1985 | United Press International
Tens of thousands of Vietnam War veterans today formed the biggest parade in the city's history, marching across the Brooklyn Bridge and down Broadway in a lavish ticker-tape "welcome home" that was 10 years late. Tons of ticker tape and confetti, obliterating street signs in a blizzard of white, showered down on the 25,000 veterans as they wound through the financial district at the lower tip of Manhattan.
February 7, 1991 | From Associated Press
President Bush on Wednesday signed legislation to compensate Vietnam War veterans exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange, ending two decades of official ambivalence. Bush praised the "men and women who stood where duty required them to stand" as he signed the measure, which permanently extends disability benefits to Vietnam veterans suffering from two types of cancer presumed to be caused by the herbicide: non-Hodgkins' lymphoma and soft-tissue sarcoma.
April 25, 1992 | Associated Press
Dolly Parton says Jane Fonda will not attend the opening of Parton's theme park this weekend after protests from Vietnam War veterans. Parton and Fonda co-starred along with Lily Tomlin in the movie "9 to 5." Tomlin will attend the seasonal opening of Dollywood, in eastern Tennessee about 40 miles south of Knoxville. "I invited Jane because she is one of my show business friends from the '9 to 5' movie," Parton said in a statement Thursday.
It took just the first reader of this weekend's around-the-clock spoken tribute to Vietnam War veterans to show how emotional the day would be. The first of 219 volunteers, Mission Viejo resident Beverly Druckrey, could recite the names of those who died in Vietnam for only about 15 minutes on Saturday morning before she had to leave. "It was very emotional. The tears were running out there," said Druckrey, who has lost a daughter to a car accident.
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