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September 17, 1986

A 71-year-old World War II Marine veteran gave up his two-week-old hunger strike in San Francisco on behalf of veterans exposed to radiation. Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) "convinced me that he and the other members of Congress would do the right thing and repeal the amendment," Victor Tolley said. "I have every faith in him." Over the weekend, Cranston met with the self-described "crusty former Marine" and had him examined by Dr. Jerry Charles, medical adviser to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. Thin, but alert, Tolley said he would resume eating while the Senate Judiciary Committee considers legislation to repeal the Warner Act, the 1984 measure that prevents members of the armed forces or their survivors from going to court for illnesses stemming from exposure to radiation during military duty.

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