Terminally Ill Army Veteran to Visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Master-at-Arms 1st Class Ian Barton reads a note left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a run at the National Mall, April 9, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Stephen Hickok)
Master-at-Arms 1st Class Ian Barton reads a note left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a run at the National Mall, April 9, 2018. (U.S. Navy photo/Stephen Hickok)

MARION, Ill. — A terminally ill Army veteran from southern Illinois will be flown to Washington to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to honor a deceased friend who served with him in the military.

Veterans Affairs and the Santa Barbara, California-based Dream Foundation are sending 69-year-old Edwin Vega to the memorial. Vega, who suffers from liver cancer, was stationed from 1968-1970 in Vietnam.

The memorial includes the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died during the war in Vietnam. Vega's friend died after the war.

A brief ceremony will be held for Vega Friday morning at the Community Living Center on the campus of the Marion VA Healthcare System. A motorcycle club will escort him to Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

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