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Comic turned advocate returns to Capitol Hill to fight for better health benefits for veterans

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WASHINGTON — Jon Stewart is stepping into what’s become a familiar role for him: cajoling Congress and the federal government to do what’s right and, in this case, taking care of soldiers who have gotten sick serving overseas. The former host of “The Daily Show” has used his star power to pass permanent 9/11 health and compensation legislation, and on Wednesday he tried to get the attention of Congress to support legislation to cover veterans exposed to mountains of burning garbage during deployments in the war on terror. The smoke from the trash incinerated in the open, football-field-sized p…

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