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Deported veteran who died in Mexico to be buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) - ABC-7 learned that according to the Department of Homeland Security, Moreno's condition did not fit an emergency status. His family said after serving in Vietnam, Moreno was in and out of jail due to the drugs. It's part of the reason he was deported.

The veterans support group 'All Relations United' told ABC-7 the government needs to do a better job caring for those who have served.

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) - The family of a Vietnam veteran who passed away in Mexico say they are outraged that their father died in exile, without help from the country he fought to protect.

Mario Arturo Benito Moreno died in Juárez after his appendix burst. His family tells ABC-7 the Department of Homeland Security denied Moreno entry to cross into the United States, so he could access the VA in El Paso to receive potentially life saving treatment. It's unclear why Moreno was deported in the first place.

His daughters say Moreno fought to defend the U.S. during the Vietnam War. He will be buried with full military honors at Fort Bliss National Cemetery.

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Leloba Seitshiro

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