Jerry Campbell

Vietnam War veteran Jerry Campbell needs a new kidney, so several veterans groups are coming together this weekend to spread the word and, hopefully, inspire a potential donor.

ELKHART — Jerry Campbell was among the hundreds of thousands of American men drafted to fight in Vietnam. His actions, which included risking his own life to retrieve wounded and dead soldiers while under fire, earned him two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars. He didn’t display them after coming home, since being a Vietnam veteran was not something people were taught to be proud of in 1969.

Something else was hidden as well but reared its ugly face before too long: Agent Orange, an herbicide used by the U.S. military to clear forest cover between 1961 to 1971, resulted in Campbell’s myasthenia gravis condition, which breaks down the communication between nerves and muscles.

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Thank you Mr Campbell, you are a true American hero.

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