Friday, May 25, 2012

If You Went Through Ft. McClellan, Alabama...


... I want to hear from you.

Here's why. We were exposed to toxic substances. Big time. The CBS program 60 Minutes once called Fort Mac the most toxic place on the planet. It reportedly is the only chem/bio facility in the Army where live substances were manufactured, stored, and used in training. Additionally, the water was poisoned by effluvia from the nearby Monsanto chemical plant.

The McClellan Cocktail includes PCB's, depleted Uranium, sarin gas, mustard gas, and various other bacterial, nerve and chemical agents. And, of course, our old friend Agent Orange. 

This past weekend I talked to an old Army buddy who told me about her freakish list of health problems. Many of them mirrored mine precisely; but I was the first to tell her about toxic exposure at Ft. McClellan. I hope she joins me in filing a claim. It is a drawn-out process. You have to produce more than just the standard DD-214. I am in the process of filing my own claim. I already have sent my notification, as required, to the Veterans Administration. My Veterans Service Organization will pick up from there.

Meanwhile, if you or a loved one went through Ft. McClellan and you have endured a series of weird health issues that left your doctors scratching their heads... drop me a line. Leave a comment on the blog, or email me at DearSKK@live.com.

Update: I started a Facebook group for Ft. McClellan vets. Thousands have joined, and more come in every day. The members have been a wonderful source of energy and support, and have contributed a host of documents to the page. To all of them, thank you. And to all our fellow Ft. Mac alum, please drop in and join us, here.

291 comments:

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MatthewCromwell said...

My name is Matt and I went through Ft. Mac from Jan.9 till June 5 in 1991. I have since then went through complete kidney failure in 2002 and was on dialysis for 3 years until I had a transplant in 2005. Since then in 2009 my right hip was completly collapsed so I had a complete right hip replacement and then the same thing with the left one in 2010. I have had more health issues than I care to count and the doctors have been stumped. I never thought in my wildest dreams that any of it had anything to do with my training. Who would of thought the government would do these things to their own people. I hope somthing can be done. My email is Matthewcromwells@yahoo.com if anyone would like to talk to me email me and maybe we can exchange numbers and talk about it. I was in D82nd Chemical Co 3rd or 4th platoon bulldogs.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Matt. thank you for commenting. I am veryu sorry for your health issues, and I thank you for your service. I have been getting a rash of hits on this post from many places. Perhaps the snowball is starting to dislodge from the top of the hill...
Also, please check in with the Facebook group - I just out up a new link to the group on this post. There is much good info there.

Katee said...

I was staioned at Ft. McClellan in 1978.. I have autoimmune (where my natural color of pigment has left), hypo thyroid, skin cancer and breast cancer... Yeah me.. I am in the process of filing a claim for the exposres from Ft. McClellan..

C said...

What do you mean more than dd214. I thought presumptive meant it would be easier. I took basic there. Lost half my thyroid two years ago and probably looking at losing other half soon. It has numerous nodules but so far no cancer. Would this qualify?

Anonymous said...

Um, where is the list of illness's?
I dont do facebook and also cannot see the list anywhere.

I did McC in the 70's.

Anonymous said...

Where is the info on presumtive status for ft mc. I also want proof and so far it looks like just here say.

Joy said...

So has anyone gotten any OFFICAL information on this presumtive status?

brian said...

Hi my name Brian Bachofner and I went through Chemical school summer of 69. I remember in Aug watching the Moon landing. I have peripheral neuropathy for five years now. It started with numberless in my toes and now has spread to my entire feet. My Dr.says it might be an exposure to some chemical toxin. How do I start the claim process?

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is: Penny and I went through Basic training in Echo 1 company Mar-May 1972. We did have to go through that one building that they called the Gas Chamber. DOES ANYBODY KNOW WHAT TYPE OF GAS THAT WAS OR CHEMICAL USED IN THERE?

Because now as of 2 years ago; I have had slight peripheral neuropathy in my big toe & 2nd toe areas & top of my feet. I am only 58 years old at this time. Doctor's do not know why i have this? All tests come back negative. Would that gas chamber be the cause of this? If you can answer this: I would appreciate it very much! THANK YOU!

vet advocate said...

I have been a veterans advocate for about 25 years and consider myself familiar with Title 38 of the US Code and 38 Code of Federal Regulations. I find no regulation or law that makes service at Ft. McClellan presumptive of any medical condition. Presumptive conditions are specifically described in the code of federal regulations and if a condition isn't there, or the location isn't there, it is not a presumptive condition. For instance, people who served in Thailand and Korea have proved that Agent Orange was used there. However, the conditions that are presumptively service connected due to exposure to Agent Orange are specifically spelled out in the regulations as applicable only to those who served in Vietnam. One can still apply for disability benefits but without a presumption, you will be required that you served at this base, prove that you were exposed to the illness(es) you have, prove with medical opinion supported by scientific date that the illness(es) you have are caused by that exposure and that your illness(es) are disabling. This can be a difficult process but it can be worth pursuing if you can meet all of these requirements of proof.

Pam said...

Hy my hunsband was stationed at Ft. Mcclellan from April of 1995 to January 2000. He was all over the base.

Rob P said...

I was there in 1993 for Chemical School and have had some weird things happen to me since 2002, like IBS, memory loss and aching joints in right knee and shoulder. Doctor couldn't even explain the IBS thing because he wasn't sure if it was IBS but on the colonoscopy it showed an irritated area in my large intestine. He didn't know what it was and diagnosed it has IBS. Guess I will start getting my claims together which I am SC'd already for CSpine and LSpine....

aunita webb said...

Aunita Booker
I went through Ft.Mac in feb78-april78 and I have throidism and a list of other illness I cannot begain to describe I use a walker and a cane. I have tried for 20 years to get va comp disability and have been denied because my medical records cant be located . Please help

annalisa71 said...

Does anyone know Dale Baker?

Anonymous said...

I was there for Basic and AIT Feb. 81 to June 81 then to a class A security site in Germany. The site closed at Cold Wars end and is now encassed in 6 feet of concrete. Besides rocket assisted tacticale nukes, the site was treated regularly with defoliants, and sat on the same site as where the Nazis made the VX Gas used to gas jews. At wars end it was burried by the Army at that location. I now have a litany of problems, all of which can't be controlled and the doctors are stumpped. The Dod sealed my records, made "corrections" to my medical file and flagged my SS Number as DECEASED. My DD214 says I went into the Army and then ETS'd. Odd. My email is christian.guy@roadrunner.com I would like to talk with others who are slowly dying while the government denies their existence.

Lostlady said...

Folks - listen to the Vet Rep on this! It is NOT PRESUMPTIVE! If it were, various people wouldn't be STILL trying to get the legislation on FT. Mac through the House and Legislature!

Susan Katz Keating's post may come true one day - but it's NOT true Today!

Her posting that service at Ft. McClellan, AL. for those of who are still sick 30+ years later has been approved to be presumptive by the VA for compensation is highly wrong and morally bankrupt.

Please do your own research!

Still fighting ...

Patrick Johnson said...

I went through basic there in 1988, I have joint pain and inflammation and liver damage.

the jonmoontrip said...

Ft Mac? Yep! Me Too ! Im sick as a muther f^%#$! ... But I am not going to "tell" everyone.
I was in "Co "C" - Chem School - a "54 echo" or N.B.C. Decontamination Spec. .. 1985. If you were there with me? Call me up and lets party! I got the hell out of that place ASAP! A "muggy hell hole!" I would drip with sweat just walking to the Door! "Mess was "rank!" I use tyo get wasted at"the WEB .. I think it was in Jacksonville. I stole a car one night .. had a blast! Whatever .. I love ya! AIRBORNE!

Walt brazelton54@msn.com said...

I do not know if VA has given presumptive status yet or not because they are a complex and complicated beaureacy? The text of H.R.6238 has not yet been received from GPO
Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from the Government Printing Office a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.
I just talked to MR. Tonkin office and was told it was still being drafted. I dunno. Here is his office number 202 225 5976.
What you can do to help is call your cingressmen and ask them and the bill.I do not mean New York state, I mean the state you live in.Dig? Peace Maan.Walt

Mohammad said...

I was statiioned at Fort McClellan from May 1994-May 1998. Since then I have developed a symptonn of Passing out. Doctors called it "Syncope". I pass out in occasions (such as jumping, sudden movement, exercise etc) and recover from it within hours. I went thru many doctors and test and none of them could figure out what caused it. After fighting with the Army for many years, I received 20% rating from the Army but VA Claim is still pending for further evaluation.

Does my condition come from Fort Mcclellan?
How can I get a proof of presumtive statuf for FT Mcclellan?

Anonymous said...

hi was stationed at ft.mac 1986/87 and now i am very sick legs shaking,depression,memory loss,back pain etc.etc filed a va claim still waiting to hear my name frank j fabrycki

Matt said...

I was @ Ft. Mac March -July 1978. I have liver/kidney problems, hip, spine, shoulder degeneration, skin cancer, depression, etc. (Boot camp & MP school.) How do I file a claim?

Anonymous said...

Did basic training at ft mac in 1976 seem to have a lot of the symptoms that they are all writing about thanks

ENIGMATIC said...

I WAS TRAINED AT FT MAC IN 1984 AND RETURNED AS AN INSTRUCTOR FROM 1987 THRU 1990.... SYMPTOMS SYMPTOMS AND NO REASON UNTIL I READ THIS.. WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO ME ???
WAS SENT TO FT GORDON FOR UNCONTROLLED DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS
AND BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS. SLEEP DISORDERS ECT...
AND THEN CHAPTERED OUT FOR CONDUCT ISSUES
I DROVE TRACK VEHICLES THRU THE DUST AND MUD UNKNOWING THE DANGER.
I TAUGHT TROOPS TO MAKE THE SMOKE THAT COVERED THE BASE AND WAS TOLD THAT FOG OIL SGF2 WAS HARMLESS WE BREATHED IT FOR HOURS ON END.
I WENT THRU LIVE NERVE AGENT CHAMBER DURING TRAINING THEY DREW BLOOD TO CHECK US BUT NEVER TOLD US WHY THEY WERE CHECKING...
IS THAT WHY THEY PAID THE BONUS MONEY TO NBC FIELD TO KILL TEST US ! WOW WOW ! I AM HURTING MORE NOW.

Anonymous said...

I was there in 1984-86. NBC (54E). Lots of CS Gas, PCBs on Ammo boxes etc. Found UXO (duds) all over the place dating back to Round Cannon Balls. . Pelham Range is where you need to look. Watch out for the damn bugs out there. Mutant MFs. Two people in my unit died of weird shit. One of "Skin Cancer" and one of "AIDS". Both were young and healthy when I got there and both deaths were quick. on month they were fine, the next dead. A strange place. I hope they didn't sell the place back to the community and are letting Folks build houses there.

Lin said...

My name is Linda and I did go through basic training and chem training as well as a 54 Echo. August 10, 1981- December 17, 1981.
Asthma.
Lyndasegundo@yahoo.com

NewJersey said...

NewJersey August 13, 2011,   

Hello to everyone, I was on the computer trying to find an old friend who was stationed with me at Fort McClellan Alabama, We graduated March 11, 1987. After graduating I came home and graduated from the police academy. Soon after that I became very Ill, none of the doctors could figure out what was wrong with me until it almost took my life in 1995. I developed a rare bladder disease, the cause was unknown so there was no cure. I had to take a disability and leave behind all that I loved and had worked so hard for. Soon after I was diagnosed with endometriosis, IBS, Chronic Fatigue, Hyperglacemia and now hyperthyroidism. Was I exposed to chemicals, could I still be tested for exposure, and why was I never informed? I have always believed in doing the right thing, now it's up to our gov to do the same. Thank you for listening my heart goes out to everyone affected by this.

For more info go to Washingtonwatch.com and type in Fort McClellan

Anonymous said...

I was told to look up Ft Mcclellan Al as I went through Basic and AIT training there (MP) by another MP. I suffer from Pheripheral Neuropathy and the Doctors were at a loss for the cause. I then went to the Mayo Clinic in hopes that they could help with the reason I have it. They to were at a loss. It is still progressing of course...Where are you at in all of this now?

Anonymous said...

The new bill # is H.R. 2052.

If you want to help yourself and the other vets that were stationed at Fort McClellan and are sick and are dying from the toxic soup of junk we were all expose to while there then you need to start contacting your elected officials and let them know to get on board with this bill now! This is the only way we are going to get this bill passed. Right now it's floundering and if we don't get off our duffs and get on the phones and start sending emails to our elected officials then we are all going to have to fight each claim individually on a steep uphill battle. If the bill passes it will make doing your Fort McClellan claims much easier so lets go folks pass the word around and start contacting your elected officials now please. Get the word out.

Anonymous said...

My name is Roy Chapman, I went to Basic at Ft. Mac in 1981. I was diagnosed with PAD in 2004 and also have high blood pressure and tingling in my big toes on each foot and my second toe on my left foot! Is this associated?

Anonymous said...

Went through basic/AIT there from Sep1995 to Feb1996. I had a kid that started with us perfectly healthy, in January 1996 he had trouble swallowing his food. They found a lump in his throat, and he was deceased before we graduated on Feb 4th. This really has me thinking about mysterious aches and pains I have.

Renee Condon said...

I took my basic training and AIT at Ft. McClellan from October 1971 to February 1972. I had no idea any chemical's were stored there until recently. I had skin rashes and hives immediately after arriving at my permanent duty station (Ft. Holabird, Dundalk MD). The post Dr's couldn't explain it so they sent me to Walter Reed and they had no explanation either. Over the year's i've developed lung ailment's, severe chronic joint pain, numbness in my hand's and feet, and a few other strange illnesses. They are going to test for diabetes on January 6th 2012. I'm sharing my story in hopes of finding other people with similar symptom's. And can we apply for benefit's related to the chemicals? Any info woule be greatly appreciated. My email address is Vervw1953@aol.com or Renee.Condon@facebook.com. Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I was on the internet searching to see if any other women who were in the WAC's were having any problems with their knees & feet such as knees giving out & arthritis in their feet which I thought could have been from the Army having us do PT on the asphalt wearing combat boots & in my research I ran across your website & I am completely shocked to read what I have read. I was stationed at Ft McClellan in 1978 & I was healthy when I began my Army service there. I served in the Army till 1988. In that time I developed asthma, had many problems with unexplained bleeding which ended up with me having a hysterectomy & I have developed problems with inflammation & back in 1989 I was told I had an under active thyroid. I was recently hospitalized for chest pains & I have had other chest pains in the past that were never explained. So reading these other posts really shocked me, because of the similarities of these other people & my problems over the last 30 years. I am still being seen to try to figure out some of these ongoing & newer problems. I attempted to e-mail Susan Katz Keating as she said she would like to hear from others but the e-mail she has listed on her page did not work. If you could check your e-mail & re post it I'd like to e-mail you for further feedback please.
Thank you

Amechryst said...

I was at Fort McClellan in 1978. I was face down in toxic smelling stuff on the firing range. They sprayed it to keep the dust down. They sprayed other stuff to keep the bugs away. They sprayed HELLISH stuff on us in the "gas chamber" and told me I had "sensitive skin" when I broke out in weeping blisters and started having dizzy spells and headaches, which lasted throughout my time in service. I am now diagnosed with MS, CFIDS, Depression, PTSD, Degenerative Disk Disease requiring frequent shots into my spine because my body can't tolerate the level of pain medication I needed to try to cover up the pain. It was nice for a MOMENT to think the VA was doing the right thing and considering me a "presumptive stateside victim of Agent Orange"...God, where is Tom Daschle when you need him? He's the one who got the Vietnam vets covered...I only missed it by a couple years. I took care of those guys and ended up training where they kept leaking BARRELS of the stuff...and probably used the excess on trainees. Waste not, want not, right? ...and we were "just women." Ugh... I'm screwed no matter how you look at it, but it would have been nice to leave some hope for my children. Of course they're past college age now, so they won't even benefit from THAT like other vets did, even though I'm just as sick and did my bleeding, sweating and crying in an all together different way that I am NOT going to get into here! Reporting THAT got me nowhere either!

Amechryst said...

Wow, how can someone mislead us into thinking we're COVERED for this when we're NOT. That is incredibly cruel! First deliver the blow that we've been exposed to Agent Orange and God knows what (I have been diagnosed with MS, CFIDS, Depression, PTSD, Degenerative Disk Disease and am currently Officially DIABLED by the combo of them all..but knowing the VA and military and CONGRESS, especially this DO NOTHING ONE, there isn't an ice cube's chance in HELL any of us are going to get covered by the VA!) I hope whoever thought it would be fun to give us all false hope got a big HA HA HA out of this, because it was NOT a laugh for me or my sons...whose sole parent I am! Sign me a 1978 Graduate of Fort MacToxic!

Anonymous said...

My name is Donald Marshall

I was stationed at Ft. McClellan from Feb to June 1984. Prior to entering into the service I was a long distance runner 4:06 mile sub 9 min. two mile in high school. I was never sick. Dec 1987 I started feeling ill by June 1988 I had been in and out of the doctors several times, I had lost weight and had ongoing periods of vomiting. I went to see the doctor again in June 1988 and over the next 8 months found out that I have an unknown form of cancer. I won't go into the details at this time. I fought the military while going through chemo and made my way back to active service. I finally left the service June 1992. Dec 2006 I had a massive heart attack. I was 42 years old. I have numerous current medical issues Strange open sores on my skin, Neuropathy, PTSD, Major Depression, the list is long and getting longer everyday. I only want to know what happened and what can I expect.

It's just the same old thing wait untill enough of us die off. Read the book by Dennis Love My City Was Gone. It gives the history of Aniston, AL and the lenghts that the local and federal governments went to to cover this up. It will open your eyes.

John said...

My name is John. I went through ft. Mac and I was shocked to read all of the comments on this page. I suffer from joint aches and tingling in my feet and hands and occasional chest pains. I've been checked by doctors and they can't find anything. Could this be related to the claims at Ft. Mac.please contact me at artistictouchpainting@yahoo.com
It's a damn shame they couldn't tell us what we were crawling around in.

John said...

My name is John. I went through ft. Mac and I was shocked to read all of the comments on this page. I suffer from joint aches and tingling in my feet and hands and occasional chest pains. I've been checked by doctors and they can't find anything. Could this be related to the claims at Ft. Mac.please contact me at artistictouchpainting@yahoo.com
It's a damn shame they couldn't tell us what we were crawling around in.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Have any of you found the toxic exposure Facebook page? There is a lot of good information on there.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/veteranstoxicftmc/352544121426784/

I had a heart attack at a young age with no risk factors whatsoever. And other health problems, as well...

Susan Katz Keating said...

My email addy is Skeating428@aol.com

Anonymous said...

yup, Fort MacToxic Vet. Seems my medical records have mysterouly convinantly vanished. Filed jan 2011 for PTSD,depression,thyroid cancer, numbness in legs and feet. (2nd toe from the end left foot) COPD,IBS, Broncittis,Chronic kidney,bladder,ear infections,acne,hair loss and recently Chronic fatigue,chronic ishcemia,demensia and cerebral atrophy and that's what I can think off the top of my head I AM ONLY 45 years old!!! I contacted my Goveners office. We need to hold a convention in LAS vegas and have the news media there!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fort McClellan,AL also had Heavy METAL EXPOSURE.. Read Final Baseline survey for ft mac and you will see dangerously high levels of arsenic,led and Mercury. These cause hearing loss,tinitus and many more health issues. How can you know??? Check your palms and heels. You knows those little warts ya got that won't go away? That's it

robert lower said...

if you girls need help email me at vincent-robert@live.com,i with group that trying help the girl with the agent orange
i on facebook at robert lower

Anonymous said...

On May 26, 2011, Rep. Paul Tonka from New York State submitted House Bill No. 2052, also known as the Fort McClellan Health Registry Act. This bill has been sent to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. IF this legislation is passed, THEN claims which are filed for compensation can be considered as PRESUMPTIVE. I've been working on a claim for disability compensation for EIGHT YEARS!! for my husband. He was a young officer sent to the U.S. Army's Chemical Corps School at Ft. McClellan in 1959. Toxic chemicals were put on his body and he was also exposed to toxic filled chambres. He now suffers from horrible residual effects from this exposure, including numerous seizures and TIA's. As a result, most of his frontal lobe brain cells have died, and they do not regenerate themselves. For the past 11 years, he has suffered from frontal lobe dementia. I wait on him, literally, hand and foot. He spends his days sitting at our dining room table, with his head hanging on his chest. He goes to Adult Day Care three days a week. His life and our life together has been totally devastated and destroyed. I'm hoping to hear something from the VA . . . but when???

barb said...

I went through basic at Ft. Mac in 1975. They used tear gas in the chamber. Previously, I found out they were using chlorine gas, but it turned bleached blonde hair green like a swimming pool so they switched to CNS gas.

Not pleasant, but not related to the toxic stews they're describing.

Unknown said...

I was stationed at Ft. Mac for MP OSUT training Oct 92 - Mar 93 and was later diagnosed with MS when I was only 25 with no family history!

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Pistachio said...

My father was stationed there during the Korean Conflict after graduating from Berkeley with a degree in chemical and mechanical engineering.. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a little over 20 years later. He also later worked for GE's Nuclear Energy Division... Any possible link to Ft. Mac?

Pistachio said...

My father was stationed there during the Korean Conflict after graduating from Berkeley with a degree in chemical and mechanical engineering.. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a little over 20 years later. He also later worked for GE's Nuclear Energy Division... Any possible link to Ft. Mac?

Pistachio said...

My father was stationed there during the Korean Conflict after graduating from Berkeley with a degree in chemical and mechanical engineering.. He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a little over 20 years later. He also later worked for GE's Nuclear Energy Division... Any possible link to Ft. Mac?

rebeccahammond said...

Hello,
I was stationed there in 1986/1987. Now I am really freaked out! One day my platoon was called from training and taken to some medical building. We were all poked about six times with a small needle and we were told that it was a small pox immunization. Once a day we would all have to stand by our bunks and roll our sleeves up. A man no rank, no name tag, but in BDU's would walk thru our barracks and check each arm. The other girls arms were so badly blistered that when they would do push ups the sore would rip open and bleed. I was horrified. Mine however got little tiny scabs where I had been poked. No swelling or puss, nothing. I thought I was doing good until the guy who was checking us seen my arm! I was immediately taken out of the barracks and put into the back of a 2 1/2 truck and driven to the medical building. This time it was a different part it. I was put into a room. What is strange is that to this day that is all I remember. My next memory is sitting a desk across from a young man and he was telling me that I do not have small pox, instead I was a carrier!! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? It has always been a joke in my family and my husband says "watch they will come get you some day". Now this! I also have heart problems chest pain, feet go numb, Joints ache to the point of tears, depression. My daughter is only 23 and has terrible joint pain in her knees.
How do I sign up for this!

rebeccahammond said...

Hello,
I was stationed there in 1986/1987. Now I am really freaked out! One day my platoon was called from training and taken to some medical building. We were all poked about six times with a small needle and we were told that it was a small pox immunization. Once a day we would all have to stand by our bunks and roll our sleeves up. A man no rank, no name tag, but in BDU's would walk thru our barracks and check each arm. The other girls arms were so badly blistered that when they would do push ups the sore would rip open and bleed. I was horrified. Mine however got little tiny scabs where I had been poked. No swelling or puss, nothing. I thought I was doing good until the guy who was checking us seen my arm! I was immediately taken out of the barracks and put into the back of a 2 1/2 truck and driven to the medical building. This time it was a different part it. I was put into a room. What is strange is that to this day that is all I remember. My next memory is sitting a desk across from a young man and he was telling me that I do not have small pox, instead I was a carrier!! WHAT DOES THAT MEAN??? It has always been a joke in my family and my husband says "watch they will come get you some day". Now this! I also have heart problems chest pain, feet go numb, Joints ache to the point of tears, depression. My daughter is only 23 and has terrible joint pain in her knees.
How do I sign up for this!

Rich in NJ said...

As I have read through the comments about Ft. McClellan toxic exposure, I am beginning to see more and more ailments that I have brushed off to just getting older. I was stationed at McClellan April 83- August 83 for Basic/AIT (MP). After that, I was stationed at a NATO site in Germany for 18 months. I know that I was exposed to radiation there as well as the residual toxins from the Nazi factories on the site.
I have chronic gaut, joint pain, Memory loss, unusual skin damage, depression, syncope, high blood pressure, occasional numbness in my hands, arms, and feet, and occasionally experience sudden chest pains. I also experience severe pain in my feet that makes it difficult to get out of bed or walk on occasion. I have also been diagnosed with "Baker's Cysts" in both knees. I recently was "sick" for a week where I was very weak, fell a few times, and have no recollection of the better part of 3 days.
My daughter, just 18, has experienced abdominal pains that the doctors thought were ulcers. She recently had an endoscopy and we are waiting on results.
I can be reached at rchspros@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

This is for Penny. I think we went through boot camp together. Remember Pat Bryle, Sandy Reimer. Fitzgerald and two other gals that we went to look for guys when allowed out?? Well, I have so many things that have come about in the past 10 to 12 years. Rashes, blood spots under skin, terrible pain, now am losing my balance. Other issues as well. My right eye is having problems focusing. My email is Radmaiden@aol.com. Hope to hear from you Ft. Mclellan 72. I even remember at night after taps, those trucks came through and sprayed the trees and shrubs. Many morning I woke up with a burning thoat and itchy eyes.

Anonymous said...

i graduated boot camp july2 1987 my name was then brenda bracken and my health is a terrible mess from their i would love to find the ladies i went to boot camp with can reach me at reggiesmamacita@hotmail.com

McClellan '74 said...

I was at Ft Mcclellan from Feb 74 thru May 74 and again from
Sep74 thru Oct 75 as an MP after trng at Ft. Gordon Ga. when the MP school was still there. I have many unexplained ailments which have progressed over time, and which sound like many others here. Things like chronic fatigue, wierd joint aches, IBS, type II diabetes, and a herniated disc. Memory is ok but have major brain fog. I continue to march because I can't wait around for disability to come through, but every day gets harder. Now at least I know why all this is happening. I want to encourage all who are willing to seek justice for all vets. Look for the"Ft. McClellan health Registry Act" (hr2052). Call your United States House Representative (for your state) and urge passage of this legislation to grant presumptive status. I thank all who served and are still serving. Charlie co. 1st platoon, 3rd Btbn. "This we'll defend".

Anonymous said...

GRACE WRIGHT.
I went through..had my basic and was stationed there ! NOW HAVE IDIOPATHIC PULMONARY FIBROSIS
.TERMINAL LUNG DISEASE.
on oxygen and breathing treatments
24/7

lots of pain and other health issues

GOV MUST BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING.

rits said...

I am a US citizen, I have no background or experience in military services. I actually came across this blog via FB. I have read through each and every comment and the similarities of disease/health concerns are staggering. I was completely ignorant about Ft.Mc. until I researched it. As of the present, 2012, there are over 900 residential homes, recreational facilities and commercial buildings. Developers have moved in and built. There is going to be major toxic issues for all the development that is taking place presently if indeed this land is potentially toxic and hazardous to humans. If I can assist in anyway, rlenzistoll@aol.com

Petr Novak Jr. said...

Hello everybody. First of all, my condolences go to all who are living with these terrible ailments. I went through Ft. Mac from Sep 94 to Feb 95 for OSUT. I do not have any sickness that I am aware of. I've been married for 12 years and we have an 8 year old child. I am hoping that nothing ever comes up but that does not make it any easier knowing that so many of you are suffering. One of our sisters-in-arms started a facebook page for our Ft Mac unit, Charlie 82nd Chem Corps...Ft. McClellan and I have not seen anyone ever post anything about any unexplained illnesses. Regardless, I am glad that I found this post. I hope that all of you find the answers and help that you are looking for. From a concerned brother in arms.

Chris m said...

Was at fort mac from8/93-11/93 with mp co. Oddly enough had blocked glands / surgically removed in 1994. Have not had any issues since. In hindsight based on post, now curious if this was related....

Chris m said...

Was at fort mac from8/93-11/93 with mp co. Oddly enough had blocked glands / surgically removed in 1994. Have not had any issues since. In hindsight based on post, now curious if this was related....

Anonymous said...

my name is john i was at fort mac from 7/14/82 to 12/16/82 for osut c- 12 mp over the yrs i have developed troubles swallowing,sever headach's,stomach pains,sours that wont heal on hands, memory lose,lose of applitite,wieght lose, speach impairment at times are these relaided from being at fort mac my email is jdf95b1982@yahoo.com

john said...

my name is john i was at fort mac form 7/14/82 to 12/16/82 over the yrs i developed sever headach's, trouble swollowing, memory lose,lose of applitie,sores that won't heal on my hands, stomach pain,weight lose, and few other problems. i was wondering if these could,are from fort mac my company was c-12 mp osut my email is jdf95b1982@yahoo.com

john said...

i was stationed at ft mac from 7/14/82 to 12/16/82 for osut my unit was charlie 12. over the yrs i have developed sever headaches,trouble swollowing food and drinks,memory loss,sores on the back of my hands that will not completely heal,stomach pains,do not feel like eating a lot of times,weight loss,and a few other problems i was wondering if these could be from being at ft mac if any one has any info my email is jdf95b1982@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Another 54Echo,stationed at Ft.Mac 4/82 to 7/82.Basic/AIT Was shocked to see this website,and read accounts.Like one guy said,I just attributed illness to getting older.Had heart attack in 2002,have IBS,I have little wart like bumps on different parts of me,have memory loss,and was poked in a class with diluted blister agent,that's what I was told.I was taken to an area near Pelam Range that had underground bunkers in MOPP4,and I did a litmus test on a tree leaf.I got a lethal test result for nerve agent,and I showed my drill sergeant.He got pissed,grabbed the litmus paper and asked me,"Who told you to do a litmus test?"I remember it very well,because of the way he got mad.Seemed suspicious to me.Please contact at terrylabreck@live.com ps Army lost med.records.surprize.

Dave said...

Wow... first I've heard of this! Went through BT/AIT (95B) (8/84 - 12/84), back again for a couple months in '88 (95C), then back yet again around '90 for BNCOC.... a couple short TDY's through there for miscellaneous stuff through '98 when I got out.

So far no health problems that I'm aware of that I wouldn't/couldn't attribute to more than getting a little older.... although after reading the comments above.... my balance has been way out of whack for the last 5 years or so... enough that I had to sell my motorcycle for fear of wrecking it, myself, or someone else...all because I couldn't keep the damn thing upright anymore.

Dave

Kenneth K. Davis (ken) said...

Found this site after looking for old buddys on line. I was in Basic there in july of 87, then AIT in Redstone Arsenal (55B school). Not sure of any ailments attributed to being there. Have an injury that was denied when I exited. Thank God I thought to ask for a copy of my medical records when i ETSed. I do have degenerative disc disease but asked my chiropractor and he says it is due to my injury that was denied (same thing the VA said). Oh, also have had the warts on my feet but they went away on their own in a month, tennitus is constant since driving a Hemit (sp) in Germany. I will sign in to the FB page in support and also petition my congressman. Any thing I can do for a fellow service member. One other thing, had a strange stomach pain that I went to the ER for in 99'. They found nothing on all test, chem, blood, exray, ultra sound. But they pumped three different kinds of pain medication in and nothing worked. Finally passes out and when I woke up I was fine. The second time I just tuffed it out. I will definatelly keep updated about this stuff.

Joey said...

I was at Ft McClellan in 1984, Delta Co, same story, exposed. Mental illness, severe chloracne. When I got to AIT at Fort Sam Houston,I had such severe chloracne that they used me in training films. I just want treatment where can i get it?
Joe Eads
la.lawnpro@gmail

Carl Joy said...

Went throught Fort McClellan July 77 thru November 1977. Type II diabetes, hypothyroid, gallbladder removed, rashes, joint issues with the knees and ankles, fatigue, memory issues. Always have been asked about exposure but denied it til I searched the web and found out about McClellan.... never made a claim with the VA for it but thinking about it or trying to anyway....

Zena M. Hamilton said...

Zena (Linn) Hamilton
Went to Basic and AIT (OSUT) Jul 1978-Nov 1978 Co A, 12th MP BN. Only person in family to have breast cancer. I also have migrain headaches. I have been denied any type of compensation for Breast Cancer from the VA but I am still fighting it. I also have trouble with knees, ankles, shoulders, elbows, etc.

Daniel G. Brooks said...

My name is Daniel Brooks. I went through basic/ait from Aug.1991 to Jan.1992. D82nd Chemical Co. 4th Plt. Bulldogs. I found out in 2009 that my kidneys were failing,I went back to the hospital just recently thinking I had a kidney stone only to realize I was being admitted for emergency surgery.I had stints place in my kidneys.The dr. says one of my kidneys is deteriorating and the other still has pretty much full function. He was puzzled on why it was deteriorating.I also have numbness in my thighs,constant numbness. I also have and have heard others complain of this-the facial twitching around the eyes. If anyone would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to do so at anytime. My email address is: d.brooks42073@gmail.com or crazytrain88005@yahoo.com.

Anonymous said...

My name is T Lowe, I did basic training in 11-1993. I was 19 years old and perfect health. Toward the end of basic I started getting uncontrollable muscle aches and cramps. I went to Ft Gordon next and my lungs got bad and cramps would not go away along with severe hip pain. They rushed me out of the military and today I still have problems.
I'm a musician (who did military DOD tours in support of the troops all over the world) but I still have muscle cramps and have recently decided that playing my guitar is no longer feasible. I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, had vertebrae fused, gal bladder removed, lung problems and now experiencing hand twitches, I am now 49. I remember having shots given to us and they said take them if you want but would not say what they were, I took the shot knowing that the military would surely watch out for us! Youth????

Anonymous said...

Went through Basic there in June of 1972. Diagnosed with T-cell LYMPHOMA in 2001. Any connection?
Also FOOT and ANKLE PROBLEMS. Anyonel with similar problems could email me at marileeconley@yahoo.com

Cindy said...

Went thru basic in 1978 at ft Mac. Have neuropathy in fingers and small bumps, then my skin peels from my hands. Also depression, heart arrythmia. Remember the gas chamber, pushups and fox holes - breathing toxic crap cause of my medical problems? Would like to connect with others from my time there.

Anonymous said...

Eric Shirley. A Co 795th MP Bn April-Aug 1992 Basic. Have never had any problems that I am aware of. At 46 years old, even if I did I would not think Ft Mac had anything to do with it. Good luck to all

dennis said...

Dennis Bruce. I went thru Ft Mac. in 86-87.In 09 out of the blu I went to the hospital for stomach pains. I was kept for 8 months. I had part of my intestine removed a liver transplant and kidney failure, now im on dialysis.Before this I had never been sick.

Anonymous said...

The type of gas used in the chambers was cs gas. Tear gas

Arthur Bricker said...

My name Art Bricker, I went to Ft Mac in 1983 to 1984 95B. Around 1995 I was diagnosed with a corneal eye disease that is only cured by corneal transplants. In 2001 I was told I had disc degeneration and had to undergo a cervical fusion and have been told I will eventually have to have entire neck fused. About a year ago my heart started going into atrial-fibbulation and atrial flutter at different times and had a mini-stroke. In September 2011 I underwent a Cathatar Ahblation. I wonder what will happen next since I have had constant problems since shortly after the Military. If anyone else has had similiar problems you can contact me a brickerart@gmail.com

Norm H said...

I was in MP School in 1976/1977 and went on to work at the Pizza-Beer Bar while living in Anniston. I have a decreasing memory, very bad knees, chronic fatigue, lypoma all over my body and can not sleep more than 4 hours a night. Don't know if this is related or just getting old. Please keep me posted on any developments.

christine mckelllar said...

wow, i was there june to august 1978, when i got to AIT, they said i had sarlet fever, bad rash,headaches,hands and feet swelled so much that they had to cut my shoes off. my neck also was swollen. they put me in a room and give me a little black pill that gave me night mares. Now. i have a heart that beats and stops, kidney infections,arthritis inmy feet,arms, fingers, hips. wow thank you christine mckellar

Anonymous said...

Fort McClellan Oct 1983, Basic Training and AIT, MP School. I have had Graves Disease and I have Lupus.

Anonymous said...

Me too. All of the above. BT/AIT 1988. MP, 95BV5/PSD, Military Police Investigator/Protective Service Agent. Got the "small pox" multi-prick per weight to watch for scab developement.Regularly checked by staff, bumps that come and go on hands, severe muscular pain!(crying in fetal position bad), migraines, metatarsal neuropathy, and the list goes on. My medical record.....once presumed lost when I applied for disability and then reappeared oddly....is the size of a ream of paper. I will be continueing my journey to feeling good again someday merely for the future of my children....otherwise I might have just thrown in the towel because of the pain. SPC4(P), ETS 1991 McCoy

Anonymous said...

Hello, I went through basic trainng at Ft McClellan Alabama from June 1978 through August of 1978. I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma. They could not tell how long I have had it. My right kidney was removed. I was lucky due to the fact they found it early. I have thyroid issues and pignment issues. I am very curious about this. I was surfing the web and was looking for info on Ft MC. Thank you for the information. Lori

Anonymous said...

Please someone who knows her reach out to Dorothea Evergates, LTC USA(Ret). Her Ham Radio Callsign is KA2OUZ. She went through Ft Mac with the WAC Officer Basic along with many other women. A lot of the ladies, including COL Jo Carol Terry, have died of a variety of illnesses. Evergates had all kinds of physical and endoctrinal problems and had to retire. DOn't know where she is but think in Tucson. Someone needs to tell her abou tthis since she lives as a recluse, mostly.

Anonymous said...

My husband was at Ft McClellan in 1988. He reports stomach problems and neurological issues. He also has recently had a cervical disc replaced with several more disintegrating. Thanks for this link.

DWood said...

I went through Ft Mac 8/69-11/69 at E AIT BDE USAATC IN for 11B10. I have applied to VA about my type 2 diabetes with pheripheral neuropathy. So far no decision. I would like to see this bill pass if I need to file an NOD (Notice of Disagreement). I have asked support from my Congresswoman and Senators, plus I have signed several petitions. Don't give up.

Steve G said...

I was at McClellan in late 1983 B-12 MP OSUT. During my training time I became ill twice and was placed on sick call. I began losing weight and muscle mass and eventually was recycled and then TDP'd. I was not medically discharged but rather listed as inability to adapt. This was clearly a medical issue. Amazingly non of my medical records from that time can be found including any psych evaluations I was required to go through. Anyways, since that time I have had three heart attacks resulting in six stents, I have been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease with paraparesis and have been told I am 100% disabled by my neurologist and family physician. I am getting the run around from SSI. My question is since I did not finish my OSUT training would I still be considered for VA coverage because of this exposure or am I out of luck. I tried to serve and now I'm screwed.

Anonymous said...

I was stationed at Ft McClellan from 1974 to 1975. In 1974, I was TDY with the 111 MP Company. The rest of my tour was with the 4th Surgical Hospital, renamed 4th Combat Support Hospital. Im now 59. I had a heart attack at age 55 resulting in a quadrupal bypass and a stroke at age 57.

Paula McClellan Gibson said...


Went through McClellan in 1968 - got lost in the "dead latrine" area, we only saw barrels of "stuff". Have many symptoms others have told, plus had a huge "hump" removed from the base of my neck!!! Dr. didn't know what caused it. AIT was told I was a borderline diabetic (125 lbs and healthy), I too have had medical records disappear!!! Just wanted to share. Paula McClellan Gibson (yes, I had the same name as the fort and was held over in gas chamber to explain the relationship).

McClellan '74 said...

I was at Ft Mcclellan from Feb 74 thru May 74 and again from
Sep74 thru Oct 75 as an MP after trng at Ft. Gordon Ga. when the MP school was still there. I have many unexplained ailments which have progressed over time, and which sound like many others here. Things like chronic fatigue, wierd joint aches, IBS, type II diabetes, and a herniated disc. Memory is ok but have major brain fog. I continue to march because I can't wait around for disability to come through, but every day gets harder. Now at least I know why all this is happening. I want to encourage all who are willing to seek justice for all vets. Look for the"Ft. McClellan health Registry Act" (hr2052). Call your United States House Representative (for your state) and urge passage of this legislation to grant presumptive status. I thank all who served and are still serving. Charlie co. 1st platoon, 3rd Btbn. "This we'll defend".

Anonymous said...

Hi I am trying to locate anyone who was there in 1981. Please contact parkerfamilyguy @yahoo.com regarding amber.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Tryin to contact anyone stationed there during 1981. Please contact parkerfamilyguy@yahoo.com regarding amber. I have questions you may can answer.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hello first I want to say Thank you for your time and service. Second of all I am looking for help and information on my mother who was based at the fort in Nov of 1981. Please please help me if you can! I dont know platoon number or any of that just names. Please contact parkerfamilyguy@yahoo.com for inquiries.
Thank you Amber

Oscar Cantu said...

Oscar C. I was at Ft. Mac Aug-Nov '88. I have multiple Myeloma.(Bone Cancer). Is there any Hope from the VA. Any other Vets sick from My Class 82nd. Chem btn 1988.
ogcantu1961@yahoo.com

Helen Allvord said...

My name is Helen Allvord(Metcalf while in service)
I was at Ft Mac Sept to Nov 1969. I have type 2 diabetes, and thought the peripheral neuropathy was related to that.
I have also been having body aches since my early thirties which could be diagnosed as fibromyalgia. Wow! To think all my mysterious aches and pains can be attributed to toxic exposure that we probably all thought could never happen because our government watches out for us!
Can someone tell me how to file a claim. The vet rep where I live doesn't seem to know how to proceed. My email address is: wyred56@yahoo.com or wyred47@gmail.com

John Haines said...

I am John Haines I spent 6 months at Fort McClellan in 1980 and now have multiple physical problems everything from spinal degeneration to diabetes high blood pressure unexplainable digestive issues and liver problems also my son who was born in 1982 passed away from cancer we really need to get some answers

Jannie Cuttino said...

Hi I'm Jannie Cuttino I was stationed at FT.Mccellan from '81-82 have had unexplained illness over the past few years.All sorts of female problems.Anyone stationed at Ft McCellan charlie company 2nd BTN 3rd plt and delta company 2nd BTN please contact me at cutty58@aol.com.looking forward to hear from you.

Elizabeth Flick said...

I went through Basic there in 1968, remember getting lost on the compass course and had to go throught a ravine to find my way out...Now I have been diagnosed with Type II diabetes and yesterday I was diagnosed with Lymphoma.

Anonymous said...

I went thru that gas chamber twice at Fit. Mac end of June towns of Sept in 1972 I have nerve damage in left leg none ofdpctors will tell me the cause of it
Yvonne thomas I'm only 59yrs old

John Ross said...

I was stationed at Ft Mac from june 86 to oct 86. BT and chem school (54E) then stationed at Ft Hood and Germany where I was assigned to the 56th FA command (Pershing) guarding the missiles and warhead storage sites. I always suspected something funny about Ft Mac. We once wandered into a area used for mustard gas training back in the day. We got in big trouble for that and were told by a senior officer never to tell anyone about the site ( somewhere on Pelham range). I had no idea that people were having health issues linked to service there. I havent had any chronic health problems luckily. This web site has been very informative. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I was stationed at Ft Mac for basic training in 1982, in my barracks in the 3rd week of basic we had a soldier who got sick, was dizzy all the time abd was puking, he went ti cq one night and we never saw Chris again, we was quarantined for a week to our barracks cuz they said he had a form of menengitis.
I currently have nany problems that my drs cant figure out, some symptons point to ms but nothing on the mri, i have priblems with my arms and legs that point to spinal stenosis, but once again, clean mri. i currently have to walk with a cane and fighting for disability. But from what i read on here there isnt a list of medical problems or symptoms that can be associated or proved to be caused by chemicals or toxins at Mac, so i guess im screwed again. If you want to email me u can write to marvhardy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi all, I did Basic Training and AIT in Ft. McClellan Aug 1995 - Feb 1996, 82d Chem Btln 2nd Platoon Black Knights. I have not been diagnosed with an unusual illnesses thus far but this beyond scary. I remember going through the "gas chambers" twice with the CS/tear gas. I also remember doing an exercise with some type of "live chemical agent" where we had to put on full chemical protective gear and we could not even use the gas mask we used in training. It was very adamant that we did not touch anything on our bodies or take our mask off. We had to go thru full decon when we finished. I don't know what the agent was but I think the purpose of the exercise was to teach importance of protective gear and teach decontamination or some crap. As an 18 yr old teen, I would not have thought any harm would come from being there. I just trusted that the chemicals were contained in these "facilities", we were protected by gear and we all went through decon so everything was ok? Again, this is shocking and scary.... tmjkennedy2004@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I too got lost on the Compass Course in 1995... wow

Anonymous said...

Hi ,
My name is Ramon Ward , and I went thru Ft. Mac Jan 81-April 81 ( Delta 10).... There are things that I didn't make a connection with about my health . I am also adopted so I don't know if there's that involved too . But there are symptoms here that fit some of mine . I pry to god that i don't come down with any worse , but some came so suddenly and unexplained until now . I will tell my doc about this in Dec when I have another full exam .Thanx for the blog/ website. I wish all of you fellow Mac-ers better health and help from theones that caused it .

Peace, Ramon

Steve Firth said...

I went through basic and MP training at Ft. McClellan in 1979 and have had many medical issues.
Heart attack in 2004, degenerative disk disease, type II diabetes, a blood disorder that is not common and doctors don't understand why I have it, (It has potential to turn fatal.) I have had two incidences with bells palsy whick killed nerves in my face, (Luckily they regenerated.) and I have skin problems that will scab but won't go away and doctors cannot explain why. I have terrible joint and hip pain which causes me great difficulty walking in the morning and most recently have developed dizzy spells which caused me to sell my motorcycle and stop riding after doing so since 1970 because many times I got dizzy sitting at a traffic light. I have also had to have carpal tunnel surgeries on both hands. Some of these I am sure can be attributed to chemical exposure and others may be questionable but the point is, that is more medical problems than most other 51 year olds I know.
Most postings here suggest all chemical exposure was a result solely from Ft. McClellan's chemical school but what many seem to not realize is the fact that Monsanto Corp. (Makers of Agent Orange and many other types of dangerous weed killers etc.) had a big plant in Anniston.
It was proven that Monsanto was illegally dumping chemicals into nearby creeks that happened to also run through Ft. McClellan for many years. For more information on this, google
Poisoned Patriots Of Ft. McClellan. This is actually a law enforcement blog that is trying to notify officers who may have been stationed there so they can inform them that they were unknowingly exposed. There is also a few more useful links for you to check out.

Cara Cripe said...

OMG I'm in awe of this information and am on mind overload, I have a list , way to long of the same things you all do, I was in basic oct 74-Co. A 1st platoon under Sandra Joiner, Cpt Jamie Pierson. Many many memories have come flooding back. yes I too have many illnesses just like the rest of you, I was looking for fellow soldiers when I found this information and put the pieces together, I've already signed the petition and showing this info to my primary at VA and will be first in line at the DAV! Where are we at with signatures and are we running out of time? What to do next... I'm overwhelmed to say the least!

Anonymous said...

I went thru basic at Fort Mac in 1979 and have had cronic broncitis (spelled wrong I am sure)...Had a complete hystorectomy at 30 years of age and have sever diverticulitis one of the worst cases my doctor said he has ever seen and I have suffered from this for more then 30 years I tried to get help thru the VA for years for just to get a diagnois finelly went to a civilian doctor and got diagnoised right away. I dont understand why the VA is dragging their feet on our health issues...I was told that once they diagnois us they have to take care of us for life, hummm we pledged our lives to serve our country wether in peace time or war time we deserve the best treatment possible.

Jeanette Dunigan said...

I was in Ft. Mac for 4 months in 1975. 5 years after leaving there I got cervical cancer. 1 month after leaving there (in AIT) I had numerous episodes of vomiting. Since leaving Ft. Mac I have had cervical and breast cancer, diabetes, asthma, Crohn's, colitis, severe gastritis, ulcers, gastroparesis, etc, etc. Neuropathy, dizziness/vertigo...the list goes on. I'm mad as hell to think that I could have been contaminated , thus the cause of 30+ years of illnesses for me.

Jeanette Dunigan said...

I was in Ft. Mac for 4 months in 1975. 5 years after leaving there I got cervical cancer. 1 month after leaving there (in AIT) I had numerous episodes of vomiting. Since leaving Ft. Mac I have had cervical and breast cancer, diabetes, asthma, Crohn's, colitis, severe gastritis, ulcers, gastroparesis, etc, etc. Neuropathy, dizziness/vertigo...the list goes on. I'm mad as hell to think that I could have been contaminated , thus the cause of 30+ years of illnesses for me.

Arthur C. Bly II said...

Like all of you I have multiple medical problems that are "undiagnosed" and can not be determined as to cause. Per. Neuropathy, tingling, memory loss, anger, apathy, severe constant headaches, neck and skull pain that can not be controlled by drugs etc.etc...etc......There is a Bill, set to expire on Dec 31st HR 2052 to create a list of affected soldiers etc to receive medical treatment. It will change HR numbers if the petition goes past the new year, and we start all over. 25K signatures are needed. My suggestion is to get enough affected people and families to demonstrate at local VA offices, or Government buildings on the same day across the country, and make all media aware of this travesty. There are Facebook sites to join. WE NEED TO MAKE NOISE AND BE OBVIOUS! So no one can deny we exist!

Linda Pontius-Hampton said...

I was stationed at Ft Mac from February 15, 1968 to September 1968. Much of what I have read about the illnesses steming from service there is extremely unstetling, to say the least. I am still in government service. It never ceases to amaze me the pay back one receives for service to thier country. it appears that the government would rather turn their back on you then help the vet.

elizabeth dilts said...

I was at Ft McClellan in 1984 and 1985. F 12 - OSUT MP school. I am trying to find the exact building numbers for my unit or one close to mine. Please message me at diltslaw@aol.com if you can help at all. Thanks in advance.

zuketroop said...

Hi, my name is Charles Zukas and I found this site quite by accident. I was at FT. McClellen for BT 6/6/83 until 8/4/83 & AIT from 5/26/84 until 8/1/84. I also had two Nation Guard AT's there in 1987 & 1988. First of all thank all of you for your service to your country and my heart goes out to your medical problems. Upon my return from Desert Storm I developed a mouth and gum irrition that 3 dr's and an Oral Surgeon have never figured out. I've been told it's probably Autoimmune in nature. Re-occurring pain in my left ear for 8 years now with no medical reason. Numbness in different areas I've just assuemd was arthritis, unexplained chest panes for 30 years, back issues and joint pain. I'm just stating my issues to be informative.. I'm not suffering like many the responses I've read and again my heart goes out to thise. God Bless.

Gmanrockandroll said...

I also have medical issues from toxic exposure at Ft. mcClellan.I was there with th 111th MP Co from1976-1979 .My medical records which I received last week convinced me.Now what?

Anonymous said...

I was at McClellan for 20 months Nov 84 to June 86. I spent a massive amount of time on Pelham Range Rideout hall. Have many things going on and always wondered if I was gonna get something from it. We used to take showers at rideout hall not sure where the water came from but was rust colored. We were told not to drink it but showering was fine by command. I remember we were at rideout hall and the captain brought in some guys in white suits with masks on they were doing readings all over the place and told us nothing was wrong. We just kinda laughed it off at the time 19 years old and figured nothing could kill us. We also came across barrels of stuff on pelham Range many times, fenced in areas many strange things.

Caroline Buster said...

I have poly glamdular autoimmune syndrome. my thyroid went first then my adrenal glands. My family history of litlle flare ups that were easily fixed by doctors. Me? In 2010 an Adventist hospital diagnosed me with Addison's Disease and Schmidts Syndrome. Those are from my body attacking my adrenals and Hashimodo's Thyroiditis which was when my autoimmune system killed my thyroid. I will have to be on hormone's and steroids for the rest of my life, but at least now I have a probable cause because I had so many problems I am already a 100% disabled veteran. However, I need to add this to my case history and claim.

STARSNOVA said...

Was at FT McC for MP tr Sept-Nov 1975 56yrs old now and so far no problems hope I'm one of the lucky one. I know friends that have problems and fighting the VA has been nothing but hell. Good luck to all you.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Thank you for the good wishes. We have an advocate in Congress, Rep Paul Tonko, who is introducing a Health Registry Act as a first step to chronicling our health issues. Thank you all for your service, and best wishes for your improved health.

Anonymous said...

My name is Beverly Swank Teboe and I went through basic at Fort Mac from Nov 73 to Jan 74. Right after graduation I was hospitalized for kidney stones. I've had over 30 of these in my lifetime. But the kidney stones are nothing compared to the rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. I also have neuropathy in my feet and my ankles sometimes have sharp shooting pains that can stop me in my tracks. I live in San Antonio and because of my health condition I see a litany of doctors. I've met three other women who all went to Fort Mac, all have some kind of debilitating autoimmune disorder. The VA has denied my claim for the RA. I'm thinking this might be a good story for "60 Minutes". We need to get the word out to our fellow vets. I don't belong to facebook - too much of big brother watching in my opinion, but social media is a good way to do this. I see the bill just kinda died off, maybe we need to resurrect it. Susan Katz Keating thank you for this blog. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do by emailing me at bevandtravis@att.net. I'll be glad to write letters and bug people for as long as it takes.

Anonymous said...

I was stationed there in 1983 pp for about a year and i.m a wreck joint pain numbness i can hardly move and i'm only 48yrs old. been tested for lupus arthridits ect. can't find anything wrong with me. I think i found out. Company 316, 57e Email me with any info. dsmith61@ameritech.net

marquita easter said...

I went to Ft. Mac Jun 78 to aug 78 for basic training, I have a lot of health issues. I want to connect with anyone who served during that time. I remember some names karen hughes christine meadows. I can be reach at marquitaeaster@gmail.com

Lynn said...

Lynn Damm said
My husband Ronald E Damm was at Fort Mac on and off from 1985-1989 he was at the Chemical training program in his notes dated from July11-15 1988 he had names some are Russell Martin,Gary D Broooks,Ron J Miller. I want to connect to any of these people to ask them what kind of chemical that they used or have other notes. My husband had CLL and just past away this past December at the age of 58. Thank you I can be reached at email ldamm@sbcglobal.net

Edward Yaekle said...

This has left me dumbfounded. I went through Ft McC. the first half of 1984, C Co., 10th MP BN (right next to the school). By 1990 I had a cyst on my brainstem and inexplicable and uncommon polyps on the outside of my colon (which became mysteriously gangrenous). I was also suffering from inordinate levels of pain through my body. As the years went by, I have also had melanoma (at age 32) twice around my naval, was diagnosed with fibursitis at age 27, diagnosed with congestive heart failure at 42 and now also have degenerative disc disease. My daughter (conceived 9 months after my stationing at McC) had cysts on her ovaries as a young child and again as an adult. This doesn't even touch the emotional issues these things have caused me. I was diagnosed with MDD and PTSD and have had serious issues with addiction (imagine the amount of opiates I have taken for the above over the years and you'll understand, I think). The worst part is that people I love and respect think I am a worthless turd. I know down inside who and what I am; I am NOT perfect, but I did not ask for this s**t to rain down on me. I wish I could just "shake it off" and "be a man" but that isn't possible. I have tried and tried. Still I have not given up on life and have a few people who (at least for now) do not judge me and who are very close to me. Just like I would have given my life for my country (and maybe I already did and just don't know it), I'd do the same for those close to me. D**mit. I am very upset about this and this would explain so very much of the things that have happened. Thank you for this blog, I needed a place to vent and facebook just doesn't seem to be the place.

SGT Ed Yaekle

Anonymous said...

The Veterans Administration is now awarding damages if you served at Ft Mcclellan. You have to prove of exposure from a fellow veteran you served with, a letter to a spouse, etc. This past week the AmVets received documentation on all of this. Please if you were in Ft Mcclellan check this out. Have all you prove with you, your DD214,
any letters. Get your prove together and go to the VA. You and your family DESERVE answers.

Anonymous said...

I should have stated go to AmVet at the Veterans office. I talked to them recently and I am getting all my documentation ready to send to the VA. I have letters from my husband, What he was exposed to, names of men my husband served with and some other documentation to send to the VA. I was told from AmVet that is what I needed to do to get this resolved. Please check this out with Amvet. They are there for all of you veterans. Good luck and God Bless all of you!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

A few more things to have:
Marriage license (if married)
medical diagnosis
if divorced...divorce degree
birth certificate
DD214

Anonymous said...

Anonymous>I was at Ft. Mac from Sept. 1977-Nov 1977. I have had a growth removed from the top of my left ear canal. Not all of it was removed, I have problems on the left side of my body, IBS, tingling toes and fingers. I just don't feel well. I don't think this is old age. I had a seizure while home on leave from AIT. This is all really scary!

Anonymous said...

Go to Amvets at the VA. They are there for YOU. Just make sure you have all your papers in order. I hope you find out why you feel so bad and I wish you only good health. God bless you!!!

McClellan Vet said...

Amvets and not DAV or the others?

Anonymous said...

I went to AmVets. You could check with the DAV to see if the VA sent all the information for putting in a claim. I know the AmVets now have information on Ft McClellan. They recently received information on Ft McClellan this month. About time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn said...

My husband was in CHemical training the year of 1988. He developed CLL and just past away last December at the young age of 58. I was wondering if any one was in his troop could email me so I can ask questions what was down there. His name was Ronald Damm email is ldamm@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for you time

ACL2012 said...

I did my Basic Training at Ft. Mclellan, 1985 under the split option program Louisiana National Guard.
Im feeling some internal stuff, and also came down with Hep-C.

How do i file for any damage unknown to me?
Andrew Livingston

ACL2012 said...

Im looking for my squad. Negron, Mclellan, Dauhrity, and 1985

Anonymous said...

I am helping a friend of mine and my husband (a Vietnam Vet)and I took her to the AmVets at the VA center to file her claim. You will need ALL the documentation I stated previously. You will have to prove you were exposed to clemicals, so have your proof with you along with any medical records, dd214, marriage license if married, divorced decree if divorced, any letters sent home mentioning what you were exposed to, a letter from someone you served with, etc. Good luck and God Bless!!!

Michele Dies said...

I did BT & AIT in 1987. 95B A787. I had thought my health problems were from Desert Storm. But Ft. Mac takes the cake. I have autoimmune Hypothyroidism, autoimmune primary biliary cirrhosis, fibromyalgia, shogrens disease, chronic fatigue, PTSD, low blood sugar and many other minor problems. So far the VA has said tough luck. Still fighting.

Anonymous said...

Get you medical records and go to AmVets.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Also: Make sure you get your records from the Army. You can write to St. Louis and request the records - make sure you request everything in your file.

Anonymous said...

Ok - this blog has left me a big scared and I want to pursue more info.. Was at BT Jul-Sep'85 - had four premature pregnancies -
2nd child has cleft hand, 3rd child has autism, I had an unexplained bout of fibromyalga-like symptoms (visits to Rheumatologist); goiter & thryoid nodules; unexplained 6 mo bout of severe/chronic dermatology issues on hands/feet; Reynauld's like symptoms. After reading this, I have requested my medical records (both as a Reservist and a 20 yr dependent) from St Louis - I can have access to a local AmVet, but ....what do I need to prove that I may/was exposed to chemicals?

Susan Katz Keating said...

Anon, I am sorry to hear this. You've made the proper first step. Right now, we have a bill before Congress to create a health registry, and from there, we hope to gain a presumptive finding of exposure. I would file a claim with the VA after you get your records. Any subsequent award will be backdated to the date of filing. All best wishes to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I am helping a friend with this and was told at AmVet if you have a letter that states the exposure, that you sent a letter home to someone or someone that served beside you and can confirm the exposure in a letter. My friend has a letter from her husband (who recently passed away from CLL)stating the exposure, how they drew blood 4 times a day, etc) AmVet told her that is what she needed along with birth certificate, marriage license, dd214, medical diagnosis, and names of people her husband served with.
I am so sorry to hear that so very many people are sick. My husband is a Vietnam Vet and has health problems because of Agent Orange. I hope all of you find out the truth and may God help all of you.
God Bless and thank you for your service!!!!!!!!!

Toby said...

My name is Toby Schwartz and after reading about the health issues of all military servicemen and women who served at Ft. McClellan it is disheartening. I'm sorry for your health issues at the cost of serving your country. Thank you for serving non-the less. I stumbled across this site accidentally when searching for the Ft. McClellan Credit Union and "pop" Agent Orange showed up which caught my eye. I named a very significant OCDETF investigation "Agent Orange" back in the day while working for Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Houston, Texas. Okay, where am I going with this? I was a military dependant starting in 1985 when my father was assigned to the DODPI School at Fort Mc. I spent a lot of time on the base as a dependant. I worked as a lifeguard on the outdoor premises of Ft. Mc and the Anniston Army Depot from 1988-1993. As an Anniston Police Officer from 1993-1996, I went through several Law Enforcement courses on the base(MJ Eradication, Land Navigation, SRT, etc.) and trained on the base frequently for APD and their SRT. During this timeframe, I applied for a job with the DEA and started training vigorously to pass their PT requirements. As a former football/soccer athlete at Saks HS and a trainer the former Gold's Gym, I started running frequently on the base so I could max out the PT test. This was from 1995-1996 when I would run several days a week uphill to Riley Lake near the golf course. I can remember always running by several signs in that area that said "Caution" & something about staying away because of dangerous chemicals in the area. In 1996, I took the DEA PT test and pasted, however, I barely passed the run even though I was in great shape. I didn't think anything about it. I had a hard time making long distance run times in the DEA Academy at Quantico in late 1996 even though I could smoke everyone on shuttle runs and all other PT exercises. Well, on my DEA physical in 2008, I failed the Spirometry test twice and went to a Pulmonologist who diagnosed me with Asthma and 68% lung capacity. He also found 3 spots on my lungs that he can't explain. I was shocked non-the less being someone who never smoked and have always exercised on a regular basis. Not sure how the asthma found me, but I never had it as a kid, in HS, or college. Do any of the chemicals at Ft. Mc cause asthma like symptoms? I'm curious. If anyone knows please let me know. In ending, I want to tell all of the Veterans "Thank You" for serving our country.

Anonymous said...

If you look up all the chemicals that were on the base and what the components were in these chemicals on the internet it will tell you the health issues it will cause. Agent Orange has so many issues and causes so many health problems. It has arsenic in it. There are also books out there you can read on this subject. My father was exposed to radiation and died from an enlarged heart and many problems with his heart from the radiation he was exposed to in the 1940's while in the service. He was 56 years old. He was compensated for the exposure but I lost him at such a young age. Please do your research. I researched Agent Orange because my husband is a Vietnam Vet with health problems from Agent Orange. I've done extensive research on this and was shocked at what this chemical can cause. It is the most caustic chemical know to man kind. Please DO NOT give up on your research. God Bless everyone and good luck!!

Anonymous said...

I should have stated the medical problems I had from my father being exposed to radiation. As a baby I was in the hospital a lot because of a lot of illnesses and rashes. The doctors could not figure it out. As a child I had something wrong with my blood and the doctor was not sure what caused it. I had to take medicine for months and get a shot every Friday for months. I had to have my tonsils and adnoids out at the age of 3 years old. I no longer have my ovaries or uterus and my thyroid does not work correctly. I have had stomach surgery and had a lot of problems with my stomach from a very young age. I have the proof to file as my father was in the hospital for 2 years in Colorado along with two rooms full of servicemen (I have the list) that were exposed, too. My husband was exposed to Agent Orange and our daughter has asthma and it was VERY severe as a child. She now has medicine to control the asthma. The health problems can be past on to children as the VA has granted some illnesses in children to be compensated when their fathers were exposed to Agent Orange. I have not filed on my daughters asthma. Good luck to all and God Bless!!!!

Brian Thompson said...

I seem to have all most of the problems you all have here. I was in the Marines from '81 to '87 and went to MP school at Fort Mac back in '81. Since then I have had the ear ringing, chronic fatigue, sleep apnea, chronic leg pain, loss of balance, my feet will itch and I will scrath them until I bleed and not realize I am doing so, IBS, heart problems(SVT, Bundle Branch Block, Schlerosis, pacemaker) HEADACHES, numbness in my right knee, depression, anger issues, PTSD, degenerative joint disease, and much more. And I have Fort Mac to thank for this? Oh, and my first wife, also a Marine MP, died from Ovarian Cancer in 2006. So, what is being done about all this? Is there anything we can do besides complain to each other?

Anonymous said...

Go to AmVets and do a claim. May sure you have ALL your paperwork!!!!!

Ratbuster said...

I was at Ft McClellan in 1966. I was also exposed to Agent Orange later on in Viet Nam. I am still disgusting healthy at age 67.

Genieologist said...

At Ft. Mac 1975. 5 yrs later, cervical cancer, then breast cancer 10 yrs after that. Adrenal insufficiency, hypothyroidism, asthma, severe psoriasis, Crohn's disease, colitis, gastroparesis, gastritis, etc., etc. And the list goes on. Cervical cancer under age 40 is VERY RARE (according CDC). I believe I have been contaminated while at Ft. Mac. Mad as hell about it !!! All these years, all these unexplained illnesses. All the pain and $$$. Oh well...guess I can't do anything about it so will let it go and try to keep living.

james huckaby said...

my name is james huckaby. my bct was at ft mac from aug 1981 to oct 1981. charlie co 3rd platoon. ssgt isom lawler was our di. looking for friends from the day. danieldafarmer2@yahoo.com.

james huckaby said...

looking for friends who were at ft mcclellan aug 1981 til oct 1981. charlie co 3rd platoon. ssg isom lawler di. danieldafarmer2@yahoo.com james huckaby

Hailey Fincher said...

hello my name is Kim morrow I was stationed there on that base back in 1988 thru 1989 I have had a number of tumores removed even when i was going to my next fort back in 89 i had a operation for a tumor size of a grapefruit the army just shrugged it off it was at walter reed hospital i recently found this blog i called and filed for a service connection i would like to see where this list is of problems as well and what should i do next i need help on this issue please at anytime contact me at kkimber38@live.com thank you kim

TLS said...

This site is not about advertising IT IS ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE THAT HAVE GOTTEN TERRIBLY SICK SERVING OUR COUNTRY. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ADVERTISING GENITAL WART MEDICATION. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree with TLS. This site is not about selling a product but about sick men and women who have served our country.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Sometimes things slip past the spam filters - thank you for calling that to my attention. The comment is gone. Thank you, everyone, for your service, and please be sure to write to Ft. Lewis for your records. Specify that you want everything in your file.

Catherine M Stewart said...

I stumbled on this site trying to find ol' buddies I went through BT & AIT with. I was in Dec 27th1984 until May 1985. I was in Charlie 12 209th MP. We were the first all female platoon to train with 3 men's platoons. Our barracks were right across from the pit of doom, and right down the hill from the pistol palace. I have many ailments but considered them as just my bad luck. IBS @ 21 pre-eclampsia @ 20, severe depression, chronic infection, chronically inflamed gall bladder, mysterious head aches, heart attack @ 45, bone spurs in feet n neck, necrosis in my left femur. I had a very severe case of pneumonia while I was in AIT and was hospitalized for a week. The night before I was hospitalized a very large number of both women and men became violently ill and were rushed to the hospital. We were all in the same ward the following day. They blamed it on food poisoning. You can reach me @ cathyhuskers@yahoo.com. My name is Catherine M Stewart. P.S. I was extremely sick the day of the gas chamber training. I was fine before and while going through. After it was over on the march back, I was struck with severe stomach pains. Worse than labour pains. It was also picture day. Needless to say my photo was terrible and I was released to go into the barracks and lay down. The pain lasted for about 3 hours and then it was gone.

Susan Katz Keating said...

I also had a heart attack at a young age - with no risk factors whatsoever.

me said...

Please get your paperwork together and go to AmVet. Thank you for your service and I am so sorry to hear that so many of you are fighting terribles illnesses. God Bless all of you!!!!!

diane said...

Hi my name is Diane, i was stationed at Ft McClellan in 1975 for womens boot camp.
during the years i have had fertility problems, i have thyroid issues with no family history (they biopsied the nodule and the nurse told me it was a radiation caused type of tumour and was autoimmune) At age 55 had my first cataract surgery. I have degenerative joint disease in my knees and neck and am in constant pain which doesnt help my PTSD. i was confused about the radiation reference as I spent a tour in the jungle not near radiation that i was aware of. between those 2 duty stations i was at ft gordon, ca, then when i came home Presidio of San franciso
what kind of proof do i need to supply-im already 100% for my PSTD and 60% for my knees

diane schulz former us army mp said...

Hi my name is Diane, i was stationed at Ft McClellan in 1975 for womens boot camp.
during the years i have had fertility problems, i have thyroid issues with no family history (they biopsied the nodule and the nurse told me it was a radiation caused type of tumour and was autoimmune) At age 55 had my first cataract surgery. I have degenerative joint disease in my knees and neck and am in constant pain which doesnt help my PTSD. i was confused about the radiation reference as I spent a tour in the jungle not near radiation that i was aware of. between those 2 duty stations i was at ft gordon, ga, then when i came home Presidio of San franciso
what kind of proof do i need to supply-im already 100% for my PSTD and 60% for my knees

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is James Harden. I am very surprised to just now be learning about all these health issues. I was at Ft Mcc in 1994 for Marine MP School. I grew up as an athlete and have always been is good shape. Within the last 4-5 years I have had multiple kidney stones, been disagnosed with IBS, have sleeping disorder all of which are unexplained. I have had an enormous amount of blood tests, endoscopy, colonoscopy, stints put into my kidneys, and prescribed numerous medications. Even now I continue to exercise and eat a very healty diet, take my medications, take fiber and omega 3 supplements, but still not much relief. I am at a complete loss why these medical conditions were/are occuring and now feel like I have finally come across a plausible link to my health issues. I am already a disable vet for another unrelated issue and hope this gets included. I have had to pay a ridiculous amount of money in the past 4-5 years to cover everything that insurance did not pay for.

Anonymous said...

I did basic and sit there in 1990. 1995-96 I started getting migraines, disorientation, blackouts, all of which are unexplained. Now I can't work or watch my children. Explains a lot

Anonymous said...

I went through Ft Mac in June - July 1974 - Basic Training. Lots of medical issues now. I will check the FB webpage.

debbi said...

Holy Crap, I was there November 1970 to April 1971. No medical issues at this point and I am 61, but we never did a bivouac. Our DI didn't want to, at least that is what we were told.

Anonymous said...

My name is Mona, I was at Mt Mac from 1980 - 1982....about 18 mos. I worked in Personnel, but went to rifle range and did PT., cut grass, etc. I have had severe stomach problems, gall bladder removed, back surgery and numbness in my right foot. If anyone who was there with me, contact me at monalisaboettjer@yahoo.com I guess by the blogs posted I need proof from someone who was with me during this time?? That is crazy I think, they will do anything to keep you from filing a claim.

Anonymous said...

My name is Angie and I attended FT McCellean from Oct 91-March 92 (MP OUST). A few weeks before graduation we were taking a pt test. I usually run in the mid 14's for two miles. The night before I was up and down drinking a canteen of water of water every time I got up. Attempted to tell new female drill i wasn't feeling well and she made me do the run anyway...ended being the second to last female in, sent to chow hall and almost passed out, couldn't drink/eat anything and sent to troop clinic. Almost passed out there and was hospitalizes for four days, I had DSG McGee, my original female drill and 1SG come in to see me, told me not to worry we would make things up after I was out. I was in for 4 days with three red stripes going down my army. A couple of weeks after arriving at new duty station in S.Korea I break out in Hives?? Then at team spirit I get so sick they almost took me to a Korean Hospital made if back to Camp Walker and was placed on 24 hrs qtrs, my platoon drill kept me on for 6 more days. Know i experience/diagonosed with sever cervical stenosis and pending a surgery consult. I also have a right knee that needs to be replaced but two young and numerous joint issues.

Ron Davis said...

I served there in 82 for ancoc and have several problems related to exposure got more research more info was for 54Erll

Anonymous said...

I was at Ft. McClellan from July 1986 to November 1986 (Alpha-11 95B OSUT. Spent my fair share of time with my face in that red Alabama dirt. No health issues whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

I went through boot camp at McCelllan and had breast cancer. No family history now I wonder if this is the unknown factor.

Anonymous said...

was a instructor at the chemical school from 64 to 66.Lived in Anniston for six months after to wait for discharge.I know that the wild dogs that roamed the post would show up around class room z have no hair and look like they had been burned.We were the aggressor force for the "tiger country" training compound.We would spend days on the aggressor course capturing and interrogating trainees.We did use CS&CN but no one was ever exposed to VX , DM to do so would have been lethal,no body bags allowed.What the chemical company's had dumped?Who knows but buzzards-roost was the back door to the post with no
gate.As the chem. staff NCO on duty I had to check the toxic agent.yard.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the status of this? Has anyone filed and if so, what happened? I went through BT there from Feb-May 1978. Charlie Co 1st BN I think. We were supposedly the first female BT class to do the same training as the men. A few names I remember include Linda Vance, Mary Washington, Wanda Ledbetter. Have had some similar health probs as listed here (hypothyroidism, skin probs, total hysterectomy etc.). My DD214 is filed with a city clerk several states away and I've never heard of AmVet, don't know what that is. Thanks- and best wishes to all of you suffering. I'm not surprised about the exposure and testing but had no idea about the serious crap that was in Anniston until stumbling across this blog.

Anonymous said...

Rick Morrow here... man I got so many similar issues.. I just found out about contamination from Ft Mac. and its crazy... I was with Echo Co. 10th battalion.. 82 Jan-May.. Echo War Eagles to conquer or to die.. Our commander was Capt. Barbara Sollee. and 1st LT Abner.. If anyone recalls.. please get in touch with me at Seven1m@yahoo.com...

Joseph Dyer said...

I was at MP OSUT at Ft. Mc Clellan in 1978. I now have Degenerative Disc Disease, They are talking about fusing many of my Vertebrae however my bones are disintegrating and have a very frosty appearance on the X Rays and MRI's. The Doctors do not know what to make of it. I have to take so much pain reliever I have no life anymore. How many others are effected like this or even worse? Are the Politician's and Monsanto just hoping we will all die and go away? Someone please help us! SOS

Don Jones said...

I am Don Jones-I was at Ft Mc for AIT in 1968,I was Georgia National Guard -what do I do as a National Guard--many heath issues - heart, bones, mental H3l0

Susan Katz Keating said...

Thank you, everyone, for your service, and for coming in to comment. You have my sympathy and commiseration on the health issues. For now, the best course of action, in my view, is to ask your member of Congress to please support the Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act, and to file a claim with the VA. The VA will of course do its usual thing - but your date of claim serves as the pay-from date in the event that your claim gets approved. Which I think can happen, with enough voices that will not be quiet.

Anonymous said...

I was also at mac during my basic training in 78. I have been complaining of many AI symptoms/disorders to my doctor, but because of my emotional issues my complaints were not well received. Can I just go to the VA nearest me and let them know I was at mac. Can you tell me what I might experience with the VA...Thanks

Anonymous said...

You can go to AmVets at the VA but have all your paperwork in order. The medical diagnosis, marriage license(if married), divorce papers (if divorced), DD214, any letters written home during the time you were there stating the exposure or a letter from someone you served with, your military records would help, too. Good Luck to all!!!!!

Susan Katz Keating said...

You can get your records from St. Louis, and be sure to request ALL records in your file. You need everything!

Anonymous said...

I started Sept 95 as well but got out a few days before AIT started

Anonymous said...

This situation is even bigger than Fort McLellan. After reading this I consider myself fortunate, as to date I have no physical complaints. In December of 1966 I was sent to Fort Mac, and immediately became ill, but after hospitalization at Noble Army Hospital was released with no further symptoms. Then eight months later I received orders for Korea. Would you believe I was stationed at Camp Carroll in Korea which was even then a storage depot for Agent Orange. 8 months later I got a transfer to my "Dream job" with Armed Forces Korea network at a station near the DMZ. Recently I learned there was a lot of Agent Orange used up there. I consider myself fortunate in that I could have been exposed to this stuff not once, but possibly three times. I sure feel for those impacted seriously by this. Al

DJ Digital Gem said...

Well......I was posting a message on Facebook about time I spent at Ft. Mac and decided to see if I could get some pics and this is what I found..... HOLY COW!! I was there for basic and AIT back in 1993 (54B-10) and I have since had issues with both knees, been diagnosed with IBS, depression and I have even had shingles; my doctor said I was the youngest person they had ever seen with shingles. I have been reading quite a bit of people saying they too have been diagnosed with IBS and joint problems. I filed a claim online tonight and I guess I will see what happens.

Anonymous said...

All they used was CS gas ! It was and still is used as a riot control !

Cathy Burnham said...

I too suffer from a myriad of health issues that started when I went thru training 1978 Mar-July. Anyone else from Bravo Co. Experiancing these ailments? I had no idea until I went on the Ft.Mac web site to see if any of my friends were having a reunion planned in the future. Glad I found out about the cover-up.

Anonymous said...

Hi, My name is Shirley live near Myrtle Beach, SC and I went to Fort McClellan in Sept.81 till Jan. 82. I have had cancer, several tumars and was unable to have Children. I have warts on my feet and pain joints all over. Sleep disorder too.God help us all what did they do to us.

Michael L said...

Yes, I was there for MP school OSUT Company C 12th mp BTN Aug 84/Dec84 - Started having discs in neck and lower back go out, joint paiin increasing and on pain meds and anti inflamitory drugs for the pain. I know its been reported they had sarin, agent Orange, and depleated uranium rods left in the open (nice touch jerk offs) now we suffer the conscequences of serving our Country.

Anonymous said...

If you want to look up something interesting key in to google:
Experiments done on US service people and other places in the US. Start with the 1920's YOU WILL BE SHOCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Make sure you put the word "medical" in front of experiments!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I filled a claim in Feburary on my husband who was at Ft McClellan. he passed away in Dec 2012 at the age of 58. They denied my claim what can I do know.

Patrick McCormick said...

Trained at Ft Mac from Jan 1967 to June. We were marched through the area where agent orange was tested every day.

Three years ago I was diagnosed with an aggressive prostate cancer. 43 radiation treatments and two years of hormone therapy. Still alive but now sexually impotent.

I applied for disability immediately, but was denied... no evidence that Ft Mac was the toxic nightmare we all think it was.

From what I have learned about Dioxin, the army new that by cooking the defoliant at a higher temperature they could make more agent orange faster, but the higher temperatures would create the Dioxin in the process. Naturally, they ignored the health hazard to our troops and the Vietnamese civilians and made it the fastest way they could.

Now they refuse to pay disability damages to the poor slobs that were exposed stateside, make them jump through all kinds of hoops and eventually deny their claims anyway.

I cannot see any moral difference in deliberately exposing a soldier to agent orange in Vietnam or deliberately exposing a soldier in Ft McClellan Alabama.

On the practical side of the issue, If our leaders stall us all long enough we will die... some horribly... and they won't have to pay. That seems to be the road our great elected officials have chosen to walk.

I am filing another claim and would appreciate any solid news from anyone possessing it.

SP5 Patrick McCormick


Anonymous said...

Patrick,
Get ALL of you medical records from the service and state you want ALL of your service records. There have been TV shows documenting the hazard at FT Mcclean as well as the law suit in Anniston. (write those networks for a copy of the show. If all fails hire an attorney that will fight the VA. They have those attorneys in ALL major cities. DO NOT give up because that is what they want you to do. Good luck to you and I hope your health improves. Also, thank you for serving. I know that does not help much, but I will keep you in my prayers that you get justice for what the service has done to you. God bless you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grumpy said...

Hi Patrick,

The first thing I want you to do is sit, promise yourself that you will not quit en masse you are required to do by some part of the US Government or Agency. A "Letter of Denial of Benefits" does not count. Until they send you a letter stating that you cannot appeal pursue it, this is exactly what you will do. Let's get started.

First, contact all of your Members of Congress. Period then come find out what your rights are. If you are a Veteran, the VA is required by law all to help you. Before you get frustrated and angry, remember one thing, these people are just about the most overworked people, on the planet. Now you have a place to get started and you have a long journey before you. Move out and get moving on the most important journey of your life. Good luck.

Grumpy said...

Forgive me, just some corrections. In the first sentence, delete the phrase, "en masse" and insert the word "unless".

Here is just one thought to consider. White everyplace that might have a copy of your Military Medical Records and request them with a Certified Letter with Return Receipt Requested plus a standard First Class Mail Letter with a copy of war request for your records. Both of this letters are exactly the same. At some point in time, you will want to bring in a "Veterans Service Organization, my choice was the "Disabled American Veterans". Please understand, many veterans will have a different path, because of circumstances. Just because you hurt does not necessarily mean that you are service-connected disabled. It could be just old age.

Remember something else, just because it is in your Military Medical Record, it does not mean it is accurate. According to some of my Records, it is literally impossible for me to be alive. I notice people talking about "Medical Experimentation". There is one thing to remember, they need your written consent. Otherwise, it is a violation of local, state, Federal, Military and International Law. When it comes to your medical records, it is better to have a licensed physician examine those records and ask him to both compare and contrast everything in your records. If possible, ask him to write a report on his findings. There is a neat Law, called, "The Privacy Act of 1974" which states the following:

"The US Government SHALL not maintain an inaccurate record, which shall have an adverse impact on any benefit that a person might receive."

But this also means, you must give them an opportunity to correct the record." The amazing thing is this, it opens the record through the sunlight and this is good.

Grumpy said...

This is just one more correction. You have a top sentence and then a second paragraph. If you look at the second paragraph you will see the word, "white", it should be "write".

THANK YOU and I wish you the very best.

me said...

Grumpy: First of all in the 1940's the government DID NOT need your consent to do experiments on service people. They lied to my father and 100 other service members about the "shot" they injected them with. So DO NOT say they gave their permission because I have PROOF that is NOT true. Did they warn my husband about agent orange in Vietnam....NO NO NO He now has heart disease (early 40's not in his family) CLL and other medical problems. Did he give them his permission to poison him? And my father...dead at 50 from radiation. So get your facts straight on giving permission. My father and all those other soldiers they injected chemicals into their bodies had NO IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, I have the proof in a lock box with ALL the names of the poor men they did this to and what lies they were told!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The government does not need your permission. How about the poor men in the Navy during Vietnam when the ship was sprayed with nerve gas and other gases. Did they get their permission. NOOOOO
That was told on 60 minutes and the government denied all of it but with a lot of pushing and shoving the government FINALLY admitted they sprayed several different chemicals on several ships that NOW men have all kinds of illnesses. Why..to see what kind of symtoms they would develop. So please do not lie to these people who are suffering...They did not give their permission to be put in an area with all these chemicals.

Anonymous said...

Grumpy: Do you think the mentally ill gave their permission or the children gave their permission for government people to do experiments on them. Look up some of the experiments. How about the black men injected with syphillis and left to die horrible deaths. Oh I am sure they DID NOT give their permission to die such horrible deaths. What planet to you live on?

Anonymous said...

Hey Grumpy: No the government won't write inaccurate things in your file...they just conveniently loose your file!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grumpy said...

First of all, I am sorry for the pain that you call your life. Let's try to deal with the questions that you have raised.

It is VERY IMPORTANT, that you find a good Veterans Service Officer. You may find your self with your VSO and an attorney in the US District Court for the area in which you live. I agree with you on the fact, that in some cases, the veteran will never be fully compensated for his injuries. But in some cases, the family of that very same veteran can receive compensation for the deceased veteran. A family member can pursue the case in his name in the US Court System.

A mentally disabled veteran cannot give consent for human experimentation. There are guidelines for human experimentation. Many people think that when there is a violation, it is just against the individual and actually it is against the US Government.

Within my case for "service-connected disability", the question of accuracy of records was raised. We had multiple copies of records that came from different sources. The problem was under a system of comparison and contrast or areas where they were alike and areas where they were different. The differences here were quite significant. The actual differences were between life and death, I mean quite literally. They literally expected me to die in 1968. One of my doctors who was a civilian asked me to make a copy of my DD-214 and write a letter requesting my military medical records. He told me not to open them and let him open them. After I received them he opened them and did a comparison/contrast of the documents. There should have been basically one document, in my case, there were five and later, six different documents. In other words, you could pick a particular time on a particular day and get six different reports on my health. The Privacy Act of 1974 called this behavior unlawful. This is the reason that the choice of an effective VSO is so important, even to situations dating back to the 1940s. The US Government maintained a record that was in accurate. The US Government maintains records on everything. New and old, they must be accurate.

Susan Katz Keating said...

And this is why it is so important for us veterans to take charge of our own records / health / documentation.

Kat said...

Hi Susan,

My friends call me Kat and I was stationed at Ft. Mac in 1993 for boot camp. I have had a string of health issues dating back to that time including cancer twice and Fibromyalgia. I have been considered a hypochondriac for years by many people including doctors; one of which told me that everything is in my head and that I should go home and not worry about it so much. I just found out about the toxicity of Ft. Mac today and so many pieces are falling into place. I have to admit that I am very scared and angry; not just for me but my children, one of whom is severely disabled with schizophrenia. I don't know where to start or what to do and any info would be immensely appreciated.

Kat said...

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Grumpy said...

Kat, before we start our journey, I'm going to say something very strange, but it is very important. The first step is to stop and take a complete inventory of your documents and your most recent experiences. First, let me say this, "I am sorry for what you are going through with your self and your children." I must ask you a simple question, "Did you keep your discharge papers, including your DD-214? Then, call your doctor, if you have one, then talk WITH them and explain what you are doing. You do not want to surprise them. You are in the process of making a choice and then living that choice out. You may be pleasantly surprised by their response. Then do the same thing with your children's doctors. With each group of doctors, at some point in time, you will be asked to sign a document called, "A Records Release". This is nothing more than preparing for the long journey. Most of the "Congress Critters" have somebody in their office primarily focused on veterans' issues and you want to talk with them. Depending on where you live, the mechanics of the first visit are different. Many times, they will have a list of the different Veterans organizations and their contacts. Each of the Congressional offices will have their own approach on how to get your "Military Medical Records from the Closest Veterans Medical Center to you. The "Congress Critters" have their own contacts, so invest some time in your conversations and let everybody help you navigate your way through this maze. Yes, people want to help you, but it is also the Law. This is not the only way to do this, but read this you will get started and find your own way. GOOD LUCK.

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