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Rep. Don Bacon suffering lingering effects from 2018 train crash

For the past three years, Rep. Don Bacon has suffered from a persistent cough and shortness of breath that left the 57-year-old retired Air Force brigadier general gasping for air when attempting his regular 7-mile runs.

Doctors at first diagnosed him with late-onset asthma, a condition that is rare for someone in middle age. But the condition worsened — especially after he contracted COVID-19 in late November, shortly after being elected to his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.


A few weeks ago, Bacon said, he learned that the condition is a lingering injury from a Jan. 31, 2018, Amtrak crash involving him and other congressional Republicans who were traveling from Washington to a weekend retreat at a West Virginia resort.

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