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The Nation

A Vietnam veteran who is director of the American Legion’s National Economic Commission was named to administer a $52-million social service fund created by the settlement of the Agent Orange litigation. Dennis Rhoades, 44, was named executive director of the Agent Orange Class Assistance Program by U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein of New York, who has presided over the Agent Orange class-action lawsuit. The $52 million will be distributed in grants to social service organizations that help Vietnam veterans and their families, including children with birth defects. It is part of a $240-million settlement of the lawsuit against the chemical’s makers brought by veterans exposed to the defoliant during the Vietnam War.


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