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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Agent Orange: Vietnam vet from Syracuse inspires bill in Congress to compensate families




U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei has introduced a bill named after Hackett's husband that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a task force on Agent Orange.

The task force would recommend how to care for and compensate Vietnam vets and their children or grandchildren who develop Agent Orange-related illnesses and birth defects.

Maffei, D-Syracuse, introduced the "Lawrence J. Hackett Jr. Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Fairness Act" in April and is now seeking Republican co-sponsors in the House.

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