A local Vietnam veteran is facing a new battle tonight – for his health.
Floyd Fleeman of Atlanta, Texas, fought for his country, now he’s fighting for his life.
“I went to Germany first and it was cold. And I didn’t like it,” Fleeman said. “So, they sent me to Vietnam. I’d do it again, if I had to. If I was able.”
The 67-year-old proudly served in the army, volunteering for the Vietnam War.
“When I got out, the promises that were made to me – any medical issue, anything that I needed, they would take care of it,” he said. “No questions asked.”
Medical issues he says stem from his time in the service.
“I found out I got into that Agent Orange,” Fleeman said. “I got clots and stuff in my legs. I had clots and stuff in my heart where I had to have open heart surgery. And now I can’t hardly walk.”
Fleeman said those clots in his leg were discovered in tests administered in 2015. Now, three years later, the clots remain. Fleeman has trouble walking, but he does have an appointment next month.