'Thank You For Rescuing Me': Watch Once-Suicidal Veteran Offer Sanders His Flight Jacket During Heartfelt Exchange

Naval Air Force veteran John Weigel, who considered suicide because of $139,000 in medical debt, offered Sen. Bernie Sanders his brown leather flight jacket on Monday to thank the Democratic presidential candidate for his help regaining health insurance and raising funds to cover medical bills.

“Thank you for rescuing me,” Weigel, a 58-year-old who lives with Huntington’s disease, told Sanders (I-Vt.) at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada. The White House hopeful responded that “it’s a beautiful jacket. It’s a jacket that you earned and I want you to keep it.” However, Sanders did accept a flight patch from the jacket.

“As a nation, we can disagree about a war. We can disagree about foreign policy, but when brave people like John put their lives on the line to defend our country, when they come home, they will receive the best quality healthcare that this country can provide them,” Sanders said to enthusiastic applause from the audience. “And they will not have to go deeply in debt or be harassed by bill collectors for some stupid bureaucratic reason.”

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