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Opinion: Deported veterans should not be denied the health care they’ve earned

Thousands of foreign-born veterans who served honorably in the armed forces are now scattered across the globe following deportation.
A U.S. Marine veteran who was deported looks out from his apartment balcony in Tijuana, Mexico, where he can see the U.S. border wall. Source: Gregory Bull/AP

Armando limped into the waiting room of the support house for deported U.S. veterans in Tijuana, Mexico. We were there to evaluate him for humanitarian parole, a process by which an individual banned from the United States can appeal to return on a temporary basis for an extenuating circumstance — in Armando’s case, medical care for a disabling bone infection at a VA facility just across the border in San Diego.

Born in Mexico, Armando

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