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What is the Agent Orange Settlement Fund?

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The Agent Orange Settlement Fund was created as for a class action lawsuit brought by Vietnam Veterans and their families due to injuries incurred from exposure to chemical herbicides used during the Vietnam war. The case was settled out-of-court in 1984 for $180 million dollars.

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The Fund was distributed through two separate programs due to the number of claimants, about 10 million individuals. They were the Payment Program, which provided cash compensation, and the Class Assistance Program, which provided funds for social services organizations.

Applicants had to establish that the veteran served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972, that the applicant was either a totally-disabled Vietnam Veteran or the survivor of a deceased veteran, the Veteran was probably exposed to herbicides and that death or disability occurred before December 31, 1994.

The Payment Program operated from 1988 to 1994. The Settlement Fund distributed a total of $197 million.

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