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Michiganders observe Veterans Day

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Veterans’ Day observances are taking place across Michigan today.   

On this day, many vets are still struggling with old wounds and new obstacles to getting help. 

Joe Mishler is the chairman of the McFarlan Veterans Memorial Park in Flint.   He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968.  

Mishler says many of his fellow vets come home from wars overseas, only to run into problems getting their benefits from the Veterans Administration.

“Just cause you go and serve and come home…doesn’t necessarily mean your problems are over,” says Mishler.

It’s not just a problem for veterans home from recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Many Vietnam vets are upset that Congress recently allowed a provision of the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to expire.

Many veterans and their families may now be prevented from getting help with illnesses tied to the herbicide used to defoliate the jungles of southeast Asia.   

More than 700,000 military veterans live in Michigan.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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