Hayes, who lives in Sahuarita, served in combat in Vietnam where both arms and legs were injured by a land mine; his left leg bore the brunt of it.
The damage from the defoliant sprayed on Vietnamese jungles by the Americans varies widely. For some it comes in the form of cancer, for others it is manifested in their children via spina bifida or other abnormalities. It isn’t always readily recognizable and the effects aren’t immediately evident.
For Hayes, 65, there were signs beginning six years ago when he had a rash that wouldn’t clear up.
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