CHICAGO (CBS) — A Marine Corps veteran is in danger of losing his home, because of a serious illness connected to his service in Vietnam more than 40 years ago.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports the U.S. Veterans Administration had been helping the Chicago man, but much of that support has stopped, and now he’s in the fight of his life.
Sonny Cooper was once a robust U.S. Marine.
He volunteered for the Marine Corps, and saw combat in Vietnam. In 1967, he was exposed to Agent Orange, a deadly herbicide used by the U.S. to fight the war by destroying swaths of jungle and rural land to deprive enemy soldiers of cover and food.
“We would see them spraying. As a matter of fact, we’d be right under them sometimes,” Cooper said.
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Years later, Cooper was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which the Veterans Administration…
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