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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.
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.
The Senate, responding to appeals to help heal the last wounds of the Vietnam War, voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recommend that President Clinton lift the trade embargo enforced against Vietnam for nearly 20 years. The 62-38 vote concluded an impassioned two-day debate, in which one side pleaded for normal relations with Vietnam while the other urged the Administration to wait until the Vietnamese government has accounted more fully for U.S. servicemen missing in Southeast Asia since the war.
May 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
President Obama awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to a Vietnam-era warrior Wednesday, commemorating his bravery as well as a generation of veterans often  forgotten, even shunned, by the nation they served. Obama presented the medal to the widow of Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. in a televised ceremony from the East Room of the White House, 42 years after he gave his life to save his comrades from a North Vietnamese ambush in Cambodia. “He saved his comrades who meant more to him than life,” Obama said at the ceremony, also saluting other Vietnam War veterans.
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