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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.
September 18, 1998 | From Times staff and wire reports
More Vietnam War veterans sued CNN and Time magazine Thursday over their since-retracted report alleging that the military used nerve gas on American defectors in Operation Tailwind. With their lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Jose, at least 25 people are pursuing legal action against the network and magazine, saying the reports in June defamed them.
Heroes rarely materialize out of thin air. When one appeared a year ago in the barrel-chested figure of Donald R. Nicholson, the Vietnam War veterans of this hill county took to him like love-struck suitors. He was everything they were not. A retired small-town police chief, Nick Nicholson, 62, walked into the Clermont County Vietnam Veterans of America post with a soldier's stride uneroded by three decades of civilian life. The men of VVA Chapter No. 649 sagged in the throes of middle age.
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