Max Cleland, former VA administrator and Georgia senator, dies at 79

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — Max Cleland, a former U.S. senator and Veterans Administration leader, died Tuesday, more than 53 years after a live grenade dropped by a fellow soldier in Vietnam robbed him of three limbs. The injuries, however, did not take the unfettered optimism and grit that helped him climb from Georgia politics to some of the nation’s top offices. A Democrat who used a wheelchair most of his adult life, the 79-year-old Cleland was one of the first veterans from the killing grounds of Southeast Asia to enter American politics. He took a state senator’s seat in 1971, three years after his wound…

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