Mar 20, 2015 - After serving his country during the Vietnam War, a Lakeland man recently cashed in on a promise the government made to the amputees of that war.
The man is 68-year-old "Big" Jim Daniels and like thousands of other soldiers Big Jim was exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam.
"When they first started looking into this back in the 80's or 90's they had a lot of guys coming up with a lot of things like Leukemia, Hoskins disease and they had all been to Vietnam and they decided that it was because of Agent Orange," Big Jim said at his Lakeland home.
But Daniels didn't have any symptoms until almost fifty years later when he was diagnosed with Diabetes and as a result Big Jim had to have his left leg amputated below the knee.
"So, October 15th is the day after my birthday 2001 we had it amputated," Big Jim said.
A couple of years later and Big Jim learned through a fellow veteran that after the war the Government started a grant program where they gave amputee veterans $2,000 to buy a new car. read more>>>