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Court chides VA in Agent Orange ruling
July 20, 2007
E-mail Print Single page view Reprints text size: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - An appeals court chastised the Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday and ordered the agency to pay retroactive benefits to Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and contracted a form of leukemia.
"The performance of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has contributed substantially to our sense of national shame," the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote.
It was not immediately known how much the department would have to pay under the order regarding the use of the herbicide or how many veterans would be affected.
VA spokesman Phil Budahn said late Thursday that officials were reviewing the ruling.
Items compiled from Tribune news services.