Veterans: Paying for Agent Orange: Paying for Agent Orange

Paying for Agent Orange

Vietnam veterans won another skirmish last week in the battle over Agent Orange, but the government continues to hold its ground. For 14 years now, veterans' groups have charged that the herbicide used to defoliate the jungle canopy was toxic to soldiers. More than 35,000 have filed claims for diseases like cancer and birth defects in their children. Last week the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that a limited number of vets who contracted peripheral neuropathy, a nervous disease that causes numbness and tingling, within 10 years of their service will be allowed disability payments of up to $1,620 a month.

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