March 29, 2006 |
Civilians and Vietnam War veterans from several countries held a two-day conference in Hanoi to plead for recognition of ailments they say are associated with Agent Orange, the defoliant U.S. forces sprayed during the war. Conference delegates came from Vietnam, the United States, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Agent Orange contains dioxin, which some have blamed for health problems that include cancer and diabetes. The U.S.
August 7, 1991 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.