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Blumenthal invites Agent Orange activist to Trump address

February 3, 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has invited a Vietnam veteran who advocates on behalf of military personnel who suffer from exposure to Agent Orange to the State of the Union address.

The Connecticut Democrat has scheduled a news conference for Monday with Gerry Wright, a U.S. Army veteran who himself suffers from permanent medical conditions caused by the herbicide.

Wright has been a key advocate for the Agent Orange Exposure Fairness Act to remove barriers for veterans seeking disability compensation due to Agent Orange exposure.

Wright advocated with Blumenthal to promote the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act to remove obstacles Navy veterans have faced in qualifying for health care and benefits for conditions resulting from toxic chemical exposure.

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address is scheduled for Tuesday.

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