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San Nicolas co-introduces Agent Orange exposure benefits bill

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A bill that opens the door for Agent Orange exposure benefits for servicemembers stationed in Guam, the CNMI, Johnston Atoll and American Samoa, was introduced in Congress today by delegate Michael San Nicolas and Florida republican congressman Gus Bilirakis.  The measure is named after Navy vet Lonnie Kilpatrick, who won a decade-long battle for disability benefits, but died of cancer days later.

The Tampa Bay native was stationed in Guam when he was exposed to the dangerous herbicide.

Congressman San Nicolas was quoted by Florida media.

"It's a first step in acknowledging that all the people of Guam who suffer diseases at an extraordinary high rate...will finally get some help as well," he said. 

While on his death bed, Kilpatrick reportedly said "make it count," which has become the rallying cry for other veterans groups who are still fighting for exposure-related benefits.

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