Investigate Toxic Chemical Exposure in Veterans

Target: Members of Congress

Goal: Investigate and provide resources for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals while serving at Fort McClellan.

Veterans who served at Fort McClellan between 1935 and 1999 were potentially exposed to toxic chemicals, compromising their health and sometimes leading to death. The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act would require the Veterans Administration (VA) to investigate claims, and subsequently provide resources for exposed vets. Please sign this petition and urge Congress to pass the Fort McClellan Health Registry Act, which would provide care for veterans experiencing health problems as a result of their exposure to toxins at Fort McClellan during service.

Fort McClellan, or “Fort Mac”, was a US Army post located adjacent to the city of Anniston, Alabama. Years of dumping, improper containment, and toxic chemical spills exposed veterans and their families to a cocktail of depleted Uranium, sarin gas, mustard gas, Agent Orange, and various other bacterial, nerve and chemical agents. After funding was appropriated for specialized training, Fort Mac became the only chem/bio facility in the Army where live substances were manufactured, stored, and used in training. Recent testing reported chemical agents in concentrations of up to 55,000 times established safe levels. Veterans having served time at Fort Mac have dealt with a slew of freakish and unexplainable health issues that are now thought to be the result of toxic exposure. Fort McClellan was home to an average population of about 10,000 military personnel and their families.

Rep. Paul Tonko introduced the Fort McClellan Health Registry Act in an effort to investigate the health of soldiers who trained at Fort McClellan. The proposed law would require the VA to create a database of veterans who served at Fort Mac and their health issues to scientifically determine if exposure to toxic chemicals compromised their health. The VA would also be required to provide health exams, care resources, and education and research on chemical exposure. Once a link is established between serving at Fort McClellan and significant health problems, the VA will have to provide care to the veterans who obviously need and deserve it.

Please sign this petition and urge members of Congress to pass the Fort McClellan Health Registry Act, and confront the health issues of our service members unknowingly exposed to chemical toxins.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of Congress,

Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama was one of the largest U.S. Army Posts during World War II; serving as home to an average population of about 10,000 military personnel. Unfortunately, service members and their families stationed at Fort Mac were exposed to a number of toxic chemicals between 1935 and 1999. The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act would require the Veterans Administration (VA) to investigate veteran health issues correlated to time at Fort Mac, and then provide resources and subsequent health care once a link was established. I urge you to support the bill in an effort to provide necessary health care to past and future soldiers unknowingly exposed to toxins while serving.

As a site for chemical warfare training, Fort McClellan was the only chem/bio facility in the Army where live substances were manufactured, stored, and used in training. Veterans and their families were exposed to the “McClellan Cocktail”, including depleted Uranium, sarin gas, mustard gas, Agent Orange, and various other bacterial, nerve, and chemical agents. Since serving time at Fort Mac, veterans have reported a laundry list of odd health issues that are now thought to result from toxic chemical exposure.

The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act would require the VA to compile the necessary data to first establish a link between Fort McClellan veterans and the freakish health disorders they face, as well as provide the medical attention and support needed to combat illnesses. It is your duty to care for returning soldiers injured in the line of duty, especially when inflicted by the US.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Stationed at fort Mac May 97-June 1999 as a USMC MP instructor. Diagnosed with Sarcoidosis in Feb 2002 & medically retired in 2005. Unknown how I contacted this lung disease but I have my suspicions. Spent many hours on Pelham range & near the NBC school. Anyone else having problems from that timeframe let me know.
    Semper Fi

    • Richard Rondeau says:

      Fred…I was at ft Mac from in 1978-79 and was diagnosed with sarcoidosis as well. You are the first person on the ft Mac toxic boards that I’ve seen with sarcoidosis as well.

  2. I saw the article about Fort Mc Clellan on the internet My wife who passed away at 59 on April 28 2014 had many health issues the last 4 years including dementia, bi polar, ulcers, liver damage, rashes, lack of appetite, muscle soreness, bone weakness. She could hardly walk at the end and wanted to sleep all the time. I know she had basic training in 1973 according to a newspaper clipping I found. I did not know her at that time as we got married in 1984. Although they had theories the doctors could never explain her condition up to the last day when she died of septic shock. I would just like some closure and maybe there is some connection.

  3. I saw the article about Fort Mc Clellan on the internet and came across this site and I would like to learn more. My wife who passed away at 59 on April 28 2014 had many health issues the last 4 years including dementia, bi polar, ulcers, liver damage, rashes, lack of appetite, muscle soreness, bone weakness. She could hardly walk at the end and wanted to sleep all the time. I know she had basic training at Fort McClellan in 1973 according to a newspaper clipping I found. I did not know her at that time as we got married in 1984. Although they had theories the doctors could never explain her condition up to the last day when she died of septic shock. I would just like some closure and maybe there is some connection.

  4. Sonia C. Roberts says:

    Also at Fort McClellan for Officer Basic April 1977.
    Began to have health issues by the third week, that I could no longer ignore. Had to go to medical. That was the beginning of many visits while there. Was left with migraines, degenerative discs, respiratory and dental issues to name a few.
    Our government must step up. Write to your Congressional
    Representative and VA Chairman Miller…He can move H.R.411
    out of the Health subcommittee. In my district, we finally got Rep. Henry Cuellar on board as a co-sponsor.
    Rally…public support against this scandal!!!

  5. I was at Fort McClellan in 1984. In 1985 I lost two babies (miscarriages), one of which was a late term. In 1997 I had to have a hysterectomy due to precancerous cells. I had my gallbladder removed in 2004. Chronic nausea. Asthma which no one in my family has. Now I have been diagnosed with smoldering myeloma, a form of blood cancer that is very rare, and have to have blood tests every three months for the rest of my life. I also have degenerative disc disease. And now poly neuropathy. Chronic migraines. I am 53 years old. To young for all of this stuff. We desperately need help before we die!

  6. Harley Verner says:

    I was at Ft. McClellan under the split option program so I did my basic training from June-Sept 1983 and my AIT from June 1984- August 1984. I have been fighting Parkinson’s Disease which I have come to conclude originating from my service at this post…I wish to know that any information about the effects of the agents and chemicals will be discovered. We owe to our veterans for providing each of us a measure of security and safety for their heroic and proud service…

  7. wilson pauldin says:

    I was station in Ft. McClellan from 1964 to 1966. I also
    train with those chemical agents because that was my MOS.
    coronary problem with (9) blockage

  8. I was station in Ft. McClellan from 1964 to 1966. I also
    train with those chemical agents because that was my MOS.
    now i have coronary arteries problem with (9) blockage

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