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Convulsions. Paralysis. Respiratory failure. Death. Those are just a few of the most severe side effects of sarin gas, which is why it is so frustrating that the Defense Department continues to stonewall American veterans who were intentionally exposed to some of the deadliest chemical agents on Earth — by their own country.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the founder and co-chair to the bipartisan Military-Veterans Caucus. He served in combat as a staff sergeant and platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and received a Purple Heart. He was also an instructor at the Army’s Airborne School.