A veteran the national recognition on Monday as he received medals in honor of his service during the Vietnam War.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited Ambrose Smurra, of Plainfield, at the Olde American Diner on Monday morning. Blumenthal’s visit was to present Smurra with four medals and ribbons for his service during the Vietnam War.
Smurra said he fell ill and was suffering from exposure to Agent Orange during his time in the United States Army. It left him with a handful of ailments that still remain today.
But, Smurra said he's found a way to live a fulfilling life despite those struggles. And Smurra said he's encouraging other veterans, who need help whether it would be medical or psychological, to seek it out.
“The veterans have to understand go out there, there's help out there for you,” Smurra said. “Don't just sit to sit, go out go to the coffee house, go to the veteran's things and get help."
Blumenthal told Eyewitness News he's thankful for Smurra's service and hopes these medals are able to show him the nation's gratitude.
“These medals are simply a small recognition long overdue of his extraordinary service and sacrifice and his generation for...service,” Blumenthal said. “I am really honored to be part of this recognition along with his friends and family."
Some of the medals Smurra received included the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge.
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