U.S. Veteran Information (non-governmental)


Agent Orange
Class Action Lawsuit

Perhaps one of the biggest question marks in the area of veteran compensation is that of the Agent Orange Class Action Lawsuit. Where did all the money go? Was the majority of it released to veterans? Are there funds still available? Who on earth collected?

Paul Kaper, one of our researchers, recently followed up on this question. He offers the following information:

The agent orange case is officially closed--- I will provide you with the phone number and address..(last known) Agent Orange Administration, United States District Courthouse, 225, Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone 718-330-2879 It was handled by special master W. Bernard Richland..

The payment program was -- THE AGENT ORANGE VETERAN PAYMENT PROGRAM -- P.O. BOX 110, Hartford, CT 06104 --- Phone 1-800-225-4712

Side information- that the amount seemed to vary for some reason--- some veterans received twice what other veterans did.. no one was allowed to see the formula-- I personally requested the information _as a recipient-- and was told only where to send a appeal-- I did and received a form letter saying all funds were distributed- I know vets on the case and no one could figure out the amount-- it started out to be $12,000 per year since Nam and others a maximum amount of $100,000 yet the majority got less than $6,000 total.. If you require any other information or find out anything please let us know...GLAD TO HELP...

There is also a Agent Orange review That you can request from the VA 1-800-827-1000 they will see your name is put on the list..The VA sends out periodically a newsletter that tells you what the VA accepts for viable claims..

Paul Nam 1967-68

We're always looking for additional information, so...

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The following letter comes from a Mr. David J. Jones of Billings, Montana. Admittedly, Mr. Jones came to us in 1997 concerning this matter, but we chose not to release his letter at the time because there was, and still is, so little verifiable information available.

As stated, David Jones and I chatted about this matter several years ago. I believe Mr. Jones to be sincere, but, unfortunately, there is no way to verify many of the claims made. However, in light of the enormous lack of credible information on the matter, I now submit Mr. Jones' letter for your scrutiny and review. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.


David J. Jones
1007 Arlington Drive
Billings, MT 59101
June 16, 1992

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
I was awarded entitlement to the Agent Orange Veteran Payment Program with an onset date of May 1, 1984 as a result of appeal #11,217 (which was initiated May 14, 1992); consider the following:

  • Maximum benefits are only $12,800.00 (providing an individual could prove exposure and total consequent disability back to 1970).
  • I spent 8 years establishing qualification under Social Security Administration’s definition of disability (with valid initial application on July 7, 1994).
  • Upon filing an appeal with the court-appointed Special Master for Appeals with W. Bernard Richland, Special Master for Appeals, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York 11201 and was awarded $500.00 annually for total disability established back to May 1, 1984.
  • I was scheduled to receive such payment until December 31, 1994 provided I submit proof of continuing disability.
  • In view of the above I am of the opinion that entitlement determinations have been “few and far between”; consequently, I have questions:

  • What is the current status of the $170 million (plus interest and earnings) set aside to make payments to disabled veterans or families of deceased veterans?
  • How many veterans or families of deceased veterans were found to have qualified to receive benefits?
  • How much money had been paid out?
  • How much money is left in the fund?
  • How will a surplus, if any, be handled upon termination of the program (December 31, 1994)?
  • Is it being properly administered, or
  • Is it being squandered on unnecessary administrative overhead?
  • What is the current status of the $52 million (plus interest and earnings) set aside for selected social services programs for Vietnam veterans and their families?
  • What selected social services have benefited from this fund?
  • How much money has bee paid out?
  • How much money is left in the fund?
  • How will a surplus, if any, be handled upon termination of the program (December 31, 1994)?
  • Is it being properly administered, or
  • Is it being squandered on unnecessary administrative overhead?
  • How many extraneous individuals are benefiting at the expense of deserving veterans?
  • I seriously doubt that the Agent Orange Administration will provide me with answers to these question; however, they might provide veterans organizations (or congressional representatives) answers. Further, I feel that these question should be of some concern to veterans organizations (or congressional representatives). Their address is:

    Agent Orange Administration
    United States District Courthouse
    225 Cadman Plaza East
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Phone: 718-320-2879

    Sincerely,

    JONES

    NOTE: Are any of the veterans’ organizations monitoring this program at all? I am of the opinion that the entire program was established by lawyers for lawyers and that the only ones benefiting are lawyers and bureaucrats and …. VETERANS CAN GO TO HELL! --Jones

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