Monday, October 25, 2010

Widow wants other vets to get checked out for heart condition


SEBRING -- "I just want others to know that it exists and it is treatable," said Jean Foster this week.

Foster is the recent widow of Nu-Hope Director Sandy Foster, whose sudden death in September left many in the community in shock.

Sandy Foster, a veteran who served in Vietnam, died unexpectedly while on a golfing trip in North Carolina from a heart attack that Jean was told later was caused by ischemic heart disease, which can be caused by Agent Orange.

Ischemic heart disease is characterized by a reduced flow of blood to the heart muscle, which makes a person feel tired, and can cause a heart attack.

Jean was informed that her husband's condition was one approved by Congress to receive benefits this year because of the exposure vets received during the Vietnam War.

"I was stunned when I discovered that Sandy died from a form of heart disease that is caused by Agent Orange," Foster told the News-Sun this week. "I am angry as well. If we had of known, he would still be here. No ifs, ands or buts about it.


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