SANTA CLARITA, California (AP) — The two things Colt Romberger and his father had most in common, the ones that made them best friends as well as father and son, were a deep affection for horses and an equally deep pride in having served their country in times of war.
So when Cliff Romberger, a Vietnam War veteran and onetime wrangler of horses on Hollywood film sets, died in 2015 of a brain disease doctors attributed to his exposure to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange, his son knew there was but one way to honor him: He would saddle up his horse and ride it from the Pacific Ocean to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington.
Expedition Orange is a 3,000 mile, coast to coast horseback ride whose purpose is to raise awareness for Vietnam veterans suffering from exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange.
Agent Orange was a herbicide the US Government used during the Vietnam War to kill foliage making it easier for US Troops to see through the dense jungle canopy.
The adverse effects of Agent Orange on our veterans was unknown to them during their service.
Now over 400,000 Vietnam vets are suffering from their exposure.
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