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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Agent Orange: Veterans' Complaints Concerning Exposure to Herbicides in South Vietnam

Agent Orange: Veterans' Complaints Concerning Exposure to Herbicides in South Vietnam

Date: June 25, 1982
Creator: Smith, Pamela W.
Description: From 1962 to 1971, the United States Air Force (USAF) sprayed various herbicide mixtures (chemicals that kill plants) in South Vietnam. The purpose of the spraying was to defoliate jungle growth to deprive the Communist forces of ground cover, and to destroy enemy crops to restrict food supplies. The most extensively used of these herbicide mixtures was known as Agent Orange, a 50:50 mix of two common herbicides called 1,4,5-T and 2,4-D (2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). The third chemical present in the mixture in small amounts was TCDD, an inevitable by-product of the manufacture of 2,4,5-T. This chemical, called tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin or simply "dioxin," is highly toxic to laboratory animals when administered in its pure form. CRS has been unable to locate any report of a human death from exposure to pure TCDD. This report discusses the human health effects that have occurred from exposure to TCDD, as well as related Congressional concerns.
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Military Retirement and Veterans' Compensation: Concurrent Receipt Issues

Military Retirement and Veterans' Compensation: Concurrent Receipt Issues

Date: April 7, 1995
Creator: Goldich, Robert L.
Description: This report describes the history and background of the offset and the legislative history of recent attempts to eliminate or reduce the offset. It delineates and analyzes the arguments for and against eliminating or reducing the offset and allowing concurrent receipt, and addresses the issues of costs, precedents in other Federal programs, purposes of the two programs, and equity issues. Finally, options other than full concurrent receipt are mentioned.
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Appropriations for FY1997: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY1997: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: November 20, 1996
Creator: Vanhorenbeck, Susan M.
Description: The VA, HUD and Independent Agencies appropriations bill includes funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and a number of independent agencies. This report describes some of the key issues affecting agency funding in FY1997.
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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses

Date: April 11, 1997
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: None
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Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Date: June 12, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: None
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Veterans and Smoking-Related Illnesses: Congress Enacts Limits to Compensation

Veterans and Smoking-Related Illnesses: Congress Enacts Limits to Compensation

Date: August 13, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: None
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Appropriations for FY1999: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY1999: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: November 9, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations.
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Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Veterans Issues in the 105th Congress

Date: November 11, 1998
Creator: Snook, Dennis W.
Description: This report focuses on policies, programs, and benefits of interest to veterans. Included are discussions of issues before the 105th Congress, and the current status of major legislation.
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Appropriations for FY2000: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY2000: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: December 7, 1999
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations.
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Military Health Care: The Issue of “Promised” Benefits

Military Health Care: The Issue of “Promised” Benefits

Date: February 10, 2000
Creator: Burrelli, David F.
Description: In the debate over the Department of Defense policy on military health care benefits, many military personnel and retirees say that they were promised “free health care for life” when they entered the armed forces. What benefits are available and who is eligible to receive these benefits are matters determined by Congress. This report discusses the issue of “promises” of lifetime health care benefits made to military retirees.
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Appropriations for FY2001: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY2001: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: September 26, 2000
Creator: Snook, Dennis W & Bourdon, E. Richard
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations.
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Appropriations for FY2001: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies (P.L. 106-377)

Appropriations for FY2001: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies (P.L. 106-377)

Date: November 17, 2000
Creator: Snook, Dennis W & Bourdon, E. Richard
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Subcommittees on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies Appropriations.
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Veterans' Pensions: Fact Sheet

Veterans' Pensions: Fact Sheet

Date: February 26, 2001
Creator: Snook, Dennis W. & Alice D. Butler
Description: This report discusses veterans' pensions, which are monthly cash payments made to qualified veterans or survivors so that their total income from all countable sources reach specified annual levels and are administered by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).
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Military Health Care: The Issue of "Promised" Benefits

Military Health Care: The Issue of "Promised" Benefits

Date: July 10, 2001
Creator: Burrelli, David F
Description: None
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Supplemental Appropriations for FY2002: Defense Readiness and Other Programs

Supplemental Appropriations for FY2002: Defense Readiness and Other Programs

Date: July 20, 2001
Creator: Daggett, Stephen
Description: None
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Appropriations for FY2002: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies (P.L. 107-73)

Appropriations for FY2002: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies (P.L. 107-73)

Date: December 7, 2001
Creator: Snook, Dennis W & Bourdon, E. Richard
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies.
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COLAs for Military Retirees: Summary of Congressional and Executive Branch Action, 1982-2001 (FY1983-FY2002)

COLAs for Military Retirees: Summary of Congressional and Executive Branch Action, 1982-2001 (FY1983-FY2002)

Date: January 2, 2002
Creator: Goldich, Robert L
Description: The Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1982 (which applied to FY1983 budget issues) suspended previously existing permanent law pertaining to cost-of-living adjustments(COLAs) for federal civilian and military retirees, and changed the COLA calculation formulas to postpone and/or reduce future COLAs for military retirees during 1983-1985 (FY1984-FY1986).This report examines executive and congressional COLA-related initiatives associated with each of the fiscal year budgeting processes from calendar year 1982 (FY1983) through calendar year 2000 (FY2001).
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Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Date: January 2, 2002
Creator: Goldich, Robert L
Description: None
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VA-Home Loan Guaranty Program: An Overview

VA-Home Loan Guaranty Program: An Overview

Date: February 21, 2002
Creator: Foote, Bruce E
Description: None
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Veterans Issues in the 107th Congress

Veterans Issues in the 107th Congress

Date: March 15, 2002
Creator: Snook, Dennis W
Description: None
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Appropriations for FY2003: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY2003: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: June 10, 2002
Creator: Snook, Dennis W & Bourdon, E. Richard
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This Report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies.
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Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Date: July 5, 2002
Creator: Goldich, Robert L
Description: None
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Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Military Retirement: Major Legislative Issues

Date: August 29, 2002
Creator: Goldich, Robert L
Description: None
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Appropriations for FY2003: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Appropriations for FY2003: VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies

Date: September 3, 2002
Creator: Snook, Dennis W & Bourdon, E. Richard
Description: Appropriations are one part of a complex federal budget process that includes budget resolutions, appropriations (regular, supplemental, and continuing) bills, rescissions, and budget reconciliation bills. This Report is a guide to one of the 13 regular appropriations bills that Congress passes each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies.
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