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After enduring exposure to toxic herbicides including Agent Orange, Vietnam War veterans face higher incidence of neurological malfunction, respiratory disease and some forms of cancer—and in many cases, their children and grandchildren do, too. This is why Wilmington’s chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a town-hall-style meeting tomorrow. Their objective is to spark local support for federal legislation that will better protect such victims—long after their current caretakers, who are usually their parents, have passed on.

North Carolina is taking veterans' affairs into its own hands. Following national allegations surrounding the mistreatment of veterans, the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs has launched a tip hotline to allow citizens and VA care workers to anonymously report misconduct at federal VA facilities. It went live Monday, and call staff claims that phone line is already ringing off the hook.