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In the Battle Against Hepatitis C, the VA Takes the Lead

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress against hepatitis C.

Junius Wilson likes to dress up when he goes in for his appointments at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Martinez. On a recent visit, the 67-year-old wore a black felt fedora and a sport coat. On his lapels, he wore a handful of military medals.

“All these are medals from Vietnam,” he said. “The three stars are for warriors … this one’s national defense.”

Wilson’s wife, Shelly Baker, sat beside him. She nudged him to show off one medal, which hung from a violet ribbon: a Purple Heart.

Wilson got that one because he was shot in the foot diving for cover during battle. He was in the infantry in South Vietnam and saw a lot of combat.

But Wilson, 67, isn’t here for that. He’s come for a monthly consultation with a specialized VA nurse who oversees his hepatitis C treatment.

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