Nation: Where Is My Country?

Agent Orange's victims step up demands for compensation

The young men had expected long ago to have memories of the Viet Nam War behind them and concentrate on their growing families and civilian careers. But when 300 Long Island, N.Y., veterans, wives and children met at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bay Shore, they exchanged tales of a terror that has deformed their lives. Jim Albrigtsen, 30, is in almost constant pain from pus-filled lumps under his skin. Mike Ryan, 34, has recovered from a similar affliction, but his eight-year-old daughter Kerry has 18...

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