John Nelson was drafted in the Army and served as a mechanic, but he had many responsibilities when he was sent over to Vietnam in 1968. That included the spraying of Agent Orange, which he says has contributed to some of the health problems he’s currently facing.
“In the areas I can count, I’ve had 15 or 16 heart attacks. I had one as recently as last week,” he said. He also says he suffers from COPD, has a double aneurysm by his kidneys, and has had open heart surgery twice.
With his experience at the VA, he now tries to help other veterans get the benefits they deserve. Local 5’s Nate Stewart has more on the Vietnam veteran’s story.
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