As I write this, my good friend from high school days, and Viet Nam combat veteran, is having another surgery for what stems from his exposure to agent orange in 1967-68. I received a text from him only minutes before he was to go into surgery, which may take far more bravery than many of the battles he was in. Anyone in my age group lived these times, and remember all too well how they were recieved back home, which was bad enough. My friend developed throat cancer, along with others in his unit developing other forms of lung cancers, they were all exposed to this agent orange. They were in the 101st airborne, and of the 38 in his unit, 14 died in battle, and every one else was shot at least twice. Nobody was not hit. Not only was my friend shot 2 times, plus shrapnel, he came home with malaria which you have in your system I believe forever.
Greg has had this cancer for about 15 years, and they were able to make him cancer free, spending nearly 2 years in hospitals, but not without considerable damage caused by the cures. Today he must go forward with a trachea tube, that he fears will not allow him to ever speak again, so much radiation damage has affected his vocal cords, esophagus, and neck.
Remember a few prayers for my friend, and when you see a serviceman or woman, be sure to tell them how much they are appreciated. As with my friend the emotional and physical war injuries, last your lifetime.