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Reggie Gonzales, of Tinley Park, takes in the stories of veterans affected by Agent Orange on Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Quilt of Tears exhibit at the Orland Park Civic Center. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
The very first quilt in the Quilt of Tears made by Agent Orange Victims and Widows Support Network founder Jennie LeFevre in honor of her husband, Gerald LeFevre, an Air Force veteran. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media
Left to right: Andi Borucke, of Orland Park Bennie Schmidt, of Oak Forest; and Bonnie Siwek, of Orland Park; look at the POW-MIA tribute at the Quilt of Tears exhibit.
Orland Park resident Carl Williams takes in the stories of veterans affected by Agent Orange during the Quilt of Tears exhibit.
The story of John Jeffery Messer and his battle with Agent Orange on display during the Quilt of Tears exhibit.
Quilt of Tears Exhibit attendees learn personal stories about Vietnam veterans and those affected by Agent Orange.
Henry Snyder, left, who runs Agent Orange Victims and Widows Support Network with his wife, Sheila, chats with Matt Piwowarski, of Orland Park American Legion Memorial Post 111.
Late Orland Park resident Joseph R Kelbus is honored with a quilt created by his daughter as part of the Quilt of Tears exhibit.
Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
4:36 pm CST February 10, 2020
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide used by the United States military from 1962-1975 and has caused concerns for long-term health effects for those exposed to its chemicals.