‘So proud to wear this uniform’: Veteran exposed to Agent Orange reminds us ‘freedom isn’t free’

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He says he's proud to have served his country and to wear the uniform.

Today, we're celebrating Veterans Day with the story of Sgt. First Class Johnnie Downs.

In the video player above, Fox 8 Photojournalist Ali Ghanbari shares Johnnie's story to remind us all that freedom isn't free.

And Johnnie visited Fox 8 News this morning to talk about his family's sacrifice, his exposure to Agent Orange and the survivor's guilt he suffered after Vietnam.

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