Black, 36, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer that his oncologist linked to exposure to burn pits while he served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The exposure to the military’s burning of waste in open air pits has been called “the Agent Orange of the post-9/11 generation.”
Stewart has called attention to the need to extend benefits and pass legislation to help those veterans. He’s spotlighted specific cases, including that of Black, who himself has been trying to raise awareness of the issue, the need for early detection and the urgency for the Veterans Administration to take greater action.
In the interview with Stewart, Black said that he hoped to leave a legacy for his son, and that “in some small way that my choosing to stand up for what is right will forever last in the mind of, ‘My Dad is a good person.’”
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