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Posted at 05:40 PM on Monday, July 23, 2007 by dist18SAN FRANCISCO Jul 19, 2007 (AP) via ABC News
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 opinion from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals read.
It was not immediately known how much the department would have to pay under the order or how many veterans would be affected.