H.R. 6238, The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act (71 comments ↓)

  • This item is from the 111th Congress (2009-2010) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as H.R. 2052, The Fort McClellan Health Registry Act.

H.R. 6238 would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a registry of certain veterans who were stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

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November 21, 2010, 12:58pm (report abuse)

Vets stationed at Fort McClellan prior to 1977 should receive presumptive coverage for exposure to PCBs', as well as Agent Orange.

PCB exposure as a matter of record exceeded 10,000 times the safe limits. These vets were also excluded from lawsuits against Monsanto/Solutia. DOD/VA never notified anyone. They should have been, and should be placed under the same coverage granted to in country Vietnam vets.

I'm surprised John McCain has not signed on with Tonto supporting H.R. 6238.

Sue Frasier

November 25, 2010, 12:59pm (report abuse)

I'm the original Activist who

worked the development of this Bill

over a 7 year period. The Bill is

only introduced in the House side

of Congress and not the Senate side

as of yet. Senators cannot yet weigh in on it. But that is all

coming in the next 2011 session.

Thanks to all of you personally

who support the Bill as it really

makes the day of those medical

patients who are directly effected

by it.

Diana de Avila

November 26, 2010, 1:37am (report abuse)

Thank you Sue ... your hard work is paying off!

Constance Sophia

November 27, 2010, 11:27am (report abuse)

I testified at the VDBC Commission Hearings on the investigations of myself and Sue Frasier, in Washington D.C. in March of 2007. I consider this a National Security Issue, that needs further years of study. I will never be well, and possibly my children and grandchildren are effected from only being on that base for 4 months. We all need to investigate and respond to the Ft. McClellan Issue and Registry.

Robin Cuseo

November 28, 2010, 7:22pm (report abuse)

I had basic tng Sep 72 Nov 72, than was perm party Aug 83 thru Dec 86. At this time I was married and had a small son. I have so many medical problems there isn't enough space here for me to wright. I served 15yrs 1mon 9days in the Army and was dischared cause I was a few pounds over weight. I was on the E7 prom list and the anco list but lost out on both. I told the people at Fort Dix I had medical problems and when I returned home to MI in Oct 87 it wasn't until Dec 87 I had to report to the VA in Detroit for a physical. In the end I received 20% disability. One was for 10% which they had no reason what was causing the enlargement, only that I had this problem and it had been ongoing for several years. My whole body is fighting against me and I do believe it started back in 1972, I went thru NBC trng (in the gas chambers gas masks off) then and in 74-77 with the 25th inf I had NBC trng again gas chambers with gas masks off.

Robert Powell

December 9, 2010, 4:40pm (report abuse)

I was in Ft. McClellan in 1994 for Advanced Individual Training as Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Specialist. A few years after in 1996 I was discharge from the Army for chronic back problems that the VA now is saying osteoarthritis which is service connected. I am now claiming my TSpine area which is the worst of the 3 because I did not know they actually separate the back C, T and L Spine. I am been diagnosed as having Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)back in 2003. Now I have problems with my heart having faster heart rates and blood pressure shooting up for no reason. All blood work has come back normal from cholesterol to sugar to normal Thyroids. I am now positively thinking it was the exposure to a few things at Ft McClellan such as the nerve agent chamber and things out in the field. Thank you for this information....


(logged-in user) December 12, 2010, 3:06pm (report abuse)

I am a woman veteran who was stationed at Ft McClellan Alabama for basic training and I can recall that the base was hazy everyday and we were told it was just the dew. I also believe all the veterans who were involved at Ft McClellan should be covered and that the VA/Dept of Veterans Affairs should have done more to find the veterans that served there. Many of the women who I served with are unaware that they have possible contamination. Thank you very much to your hard work Sue!!


(logged-in user) December 12, 2010, 3:12pm (report abuse)

Mr Powell I also have IBS and have had back problems and also unknown skin cancers that I have had to have removed. I am also being treated by the VA. Also I have never been able to have a child and after 6 miscarriages my husband and I stopped counting. All medical tests revealed that I was supposedly health and no reason why I could not have children of my own. I also feel that the Nerve Agent Chamber and the anonymous clouds of gases that we were marched through on day marches were filled with chemical exposure. Of course we were told it was nothing harmful. So why are so many of us so sick???


December 13, 2010, 7:26pm (report abuse)

i was stationed at Ft Mac 85-86 and 89-90 I have had cancer, liver problems thyroid problems. have arthitis now in my legs and shoulder. How do I handle this please i need help had no clue about the contamination util my brother who was stationed ther tol me yesterday. can anyone help me.


December 21, 2010, 5:37pm (report abuse)

I took basic training at Ft. McClellan 1975. I have Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, and numerous other conditions. Was my time at Ft. McClellan my death sentence?

William H Perkins

December 22, 2010, 8:00am (report abuse)

In 2004 and after 8 long years ,moving to another state I have information o n veterans that was exposed to mustard agent and other chemicals at Fort Mclellan during the late 60"s and early 70's the va service connected back to 1996 in 2004 . Now an indiv. learn that I have this information and names of vetran invol is trying there best to take my SC of mustard exosed away. If I can be any help to any veteran or rep. let me know, Sue Frasier is right !! I will start support her and the new bill that congress Paul Tonko Introduced H.R.6238 Feel free to contact by email williamperkins@windstream.net

Marleen H

December 22, 2010, 11:20pm (report abuse)

Hi I was stationed at Ft McClellan AL, Aug 69 -Oct 69, then again in 1983-1984. I have lower back issues, Diabetic type 2, IBS, high blood pressure, then fatty liver I don't drink. Had a hystorectomy early in life hum could be from FT MC..

Sandy Briggs

December 27, 2010, 5:43pm (report abuse)

I was stationed at Ft McClellan, AL from March 1971 until April 1972. I was sick there and spent 9 days in the hospital. I now have diabetes type 2, fatty liver, gastrointestinal problems, COPD, high cholestral since 1974, back problems, kidney infections, and on and on.

wverts (Helene)

December 27, 2010, 6:07pm (report abuse)

Some of us have been working on this type of bill forever. I got some of the vets to understand what a regestery will do, It is about your health and getting the help for what you were exposed to no matter if you are the worst like Mccullian or the least. Where every you served Alabama (multi Bio-chemical site)0r where every in usa OR OUT SIDE LIKE GERMANY. wE ARE SICK NOT WITH JUST THE EVERDAY SICKNESSES BUT THE WEID AND WEIRER STUFF. i HAVE MET MANY FRIENDS WHO HAVEW DIED BECAUSE OF THERE EXPOSURES EARLY IN LIFE. mCcULLIAN WAS A NBC TRAINGING SITE SO LOTS OF BIOCHEMICALS WERE THERE.


Lisa P

January 2, 2011, 8:00pm (report abuse)

I too was suddenly diagnosed in 2001 and 2002 with gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol after having physicals early that were normal. Fatty liver showed up suddenly several years ago. Continue to have back issues for years. I was sick while in basic at Ft. McClellan in 1979.

Denise M

January 5, 2011, 3:46am (report abuse)

I was stationed at Ft. McClellan in 1977. I have had a battle with a rare form of cancer, now have thyroid problems, rapid heart beat, high blood pressure and arthritis. I have had breathing problems which were reported at discharge and it was dismissed. When are we going to be acknowledged. I have gone to the VA hospitals and been patronized by doctors that explained how my problem is not as bad as his male uncle that lost a limb. Another doctor that told me to shake my legs for treatment of Arthritis. When are we "Females" going to be acknowledged as soldiers. I am not looking for a handout, but would appreciate the realization that sacrifices were made on our part also.

aileen M

January 9, 2011, 1:49pm (report abuse)

I was stationed at ft Mc 1985-1966. basic and AIT. I have an appoint to test for chemical exposure. I have unexplained elivated liver emzimes, cronic broncitus, copd, rapid heart beat, unexplained pains in my left armpit area, had tyroid cancer, sinutis, cronic ear,kidney,sinus infections and test pos for hep c even though I don't 'really' have it. I now have constant ringing in my ears. I am demanding full PCB, radiation,chemical testing and everyone should too. THEY NOW HAVE A REGISTER FOR ALL WHO SERVED PRIOR 1985 WITH PRESUMED EXPOSURE,,SO your best best is to scour the VA website and register.. wish I had that link..sorry

Patricia Wilson LaBar

January 12, 2011, 12:44am (report abuse)

Oh my word. I was also stationed at Ft McClellen in 1976 and I am amazed that I have the same problems that many people on here have. Unknown rapid heart beats, irregular heart, Asthma, skin problems but only where my skin was exposed in uniform. I didn't go through the gas chamber once but many times. I had skin problems that required medical attention. MS like symptoms and no one else in my family has this stuff, why me? I am angry to think my military could have posibly been the cause. Triciasapp@aol.com

Larry Conley

January 12, 2011, 7:31pm (report abuse)

I was there in 96 and then 97 as well as some of me firends I still remain in contact with we have asked ourselfs a thousand times why we have similer issues now we know, My BP spikes my friends drops we all have migraines and other things what were we exposed to??


January 18, 2011, 7:32pm (report abuse)

Did this carry over to the 112th Congress?

Deb M

January 30, 2011, 8:15am (report abuse)

I did my basic training at Ft McClellan in the summer of 1973, AIT at Ft Dix, and my duty station was Aberdeen Proving Ground. All three are listed on the SuperFund list of those contaminated. My first two pregnancies 1974/1975 ended with my son being born prem. at 6 months, he only survived 3 days. Then the second at 5 months ended in a miscarrage of twins. Thought this was because my husband was exposed to AO in Vietnam. I was diagnosed with Graves Disease when I was approx 32 years old, have TypeII Diabetes. I have filed for compensation under HR 6238. I am thankful for the work done by Sue Frasier, and glad to have found out what she has been doing on my, and all veterans stationed at Ft McClellan's behalf. I will also add that my sister who also served with me on the Buddy system died of lung disease at age 50. I not only lost my sister too young, but this Veteran was my best friend. RIP Elana.

Paul B

February 7, 2011, 8:20am (report abuse)

I was Stationed at FT MCCllellan for basic and AIT 95bravo march thru july of 79 and have heart,high bloodpressure problems excema and gum and tooth disease was put on profile for bad skin breakout and rashes on my body,going to DAV today to file claims hope i didnt get permanetly poisned by the us government.

Ronnal Womack

February 8, 2011, 4:36pm (report abuse)

I was also stationed at FT McClellan June 81 to August 81. I was a National Guardsman at the time, but had to attend basic training with the Regular Army personnel. I am having the same problems. Basic Camp people: John Abbink, Jerry Adams, Richard Anselmi, Leslie Autrey, Irene Bagij, Lynn Basnall, Ronal Balabon, David Banks, Richard Baum, Johnny Boyett, Walter Bell, Robert Bennett, Steve Biddle, Carl Blake, Holly Bleibaum, Debra Blume, Wanda Bolan, Faye

Ronnal Womack

February 8, 2011, 4:41pm (report abuse)

FT McClellan Basic Camp People Continued: Bourrage, Clint Bowden, Willie Brooks, James Brown, Jimmy Brown, Judith Bunker, Nancy Burks, Anita Burns, Rodney Burns, Thomas Campbell, David Carroll, Rosendo Cassanova, Jean Chance, Mina Chang, Cheryl Chapman, Janice Charles, John Charlton, Brian, Chase, Margaret Clarke, Cassandra Clayton, Carol Coleman, Charles Coley, Tod Collins, Dennis Cornell, David Crane, Tyrone Crittenden, Loreen Croker, Sharon Cross, Robert Culpeppar, Beverly Cummings, Paula Cuthbertson, Terry Daily, Joyce, Davenport, Elizabeth Davis, Frederick Davis, Glenn Davis, Kurt Davis, Michael Davis, Johnnie Dawson, Duane Dechenne, Sherry Deck, Sandora Demline, Shelly DiCola, Diana Dillman, Ismael Duke, Shirley Dunaway, John Dunn, Timothy Eachus, Mary Jo Eager, Richard Eckelberger, Lori Egeler, Michael Elder, James Ervin, Roderick Ethridge, Sandra Fagan, Frederick Fair, Donald Fozzard, Annette Fuentes, Russell Gallman, Doretha Gambrell, Terry George, Brad Gradowski,

Ronnal Womack

February 8, 2011, 4:56pm (report abuse)

FT McClellan, AL Basic Camp Attendees of June - August 81: David Graham, John Gregor, John Griffin, Kelly M. Guy, Katrina Gyure, Joe Hak, Marion Hammonds, Richard Handley, Thomas Hardin, Benjamin Harris, Lonnie Harris, Richard Hatfield, David Heltman, Jeffrey Henton, Louis Hernandez, John Hill, Terry Hoy,Marllyn, Anthony Hugar, Kelley Jerry, Eric Johnson, Glenn Johnston, Al Jones, Randall Jordon, Virgil Justice, Roger Kenorich, Harrell Kicklighter, Alfred Kiessel, Thomas Krohn, Leeann Kvamme, Jeffrey Lange, Scott Leith, Delaine Letterman, James Lewis, Sandra Lewis, Steven Liddle. Tammy Lidsay, Clifton Long, Joyce Long, Glenda Lucas, James Manning, Sharon Martin, Martin Mascorro, Rose Matisz, Kathy Matthews, Michael Mayo, Robert McBroom, Broderick McDaniel, Marlin McDaniel, Richard McDaniel, Clara McGarity, Winfield McGue, James McKenzie, Jacqueline Meggett, Bonnie Miller, Sherri Minard, Richard Mitchell, Troy Mitchell, William Mobley, Bobby Monroe, Olver Moore, Warren Morin,

Ronnal Womack

February 8, 2011, 5:08pm (report abuse)

FT McClellan, AL Basic Camp Trainees Continued: Edward Nelson, Darlene Norman, Sidney Norris, Cheryl O'Brien, Paul Oguin, Betty Olson, Cindy Lu Olson, Jose Ortiz, Johnny Patman, Kenneth Patton, Jonathan Payne, John Peluchiwski Jr., Cindy Pederson, Michael Peterson, Joanne Phillips, Steven Pichett, Calvin Pokes, Dwayne Porter, Tony Powell, Jewell Starks, Jimmie Stewart, Joseph Strait, Katherine Stutzman, Katherine Tayor, William Tegge, Donna Thomas, Gregory Thomas, James Thomas, Todasco Toon, Gina Trinkle, Robert True, Craigg Trusty, Karen Turner, Eddy Vertullo, Steven Waid, Glen Waldner, Delena Walker, Lester Wallace, Reneda Wallace, Margaret Walston, Natalie Warren, Daniel Weiss, Bruce White, Derrick Wilcox, Michael Wilhite, Karl Wilkin, Raymond Williams, Sigmund Williamson, John Wilson, Keith Wilson, Daisy Winningham, Marllyn Winterrowd, John Wolf, Ronnal Womack (myself), Jeffery Yandell, Kevin Young, Diane Zierhoffer, Mary Jo Zuyddyk. Alpha Comp. Staff:

Ronnal Womack

February 8, 2011, 5:22pm (report abuse)

FT McClellan, Alabama Boot Camp Attendees Continued:

Major General John D. Granger, Commandong General; Brigadier General Gerald G. Watson, Deputy Commander For Training; Colonel Orville N. Butts, Training Brigade Headquarters; 1st Basic Training Battalion: LTC (P) John C. Hodges, Battalion Commander; Capt. Rex Forney, Jr., Battalion Executive Officer, 1sLT Ronald J. Bokoch, Battalion Operations Officer; CSM Joseph E. Beranek, Battalion Command Sergeant Major; 1stLT Carmen Turner, S4 Officer or Supply Officer. Company "A" CAPT Charles D. Wohlrab, Company Commander; 2ndLT Sharon A. Riese, Training Officer; 1SG Emmett N. Head; SP5 Susan K. Gillespie, Operations Sergeant; SFC Ernest L. Martin, Senior Drill Sergeant; SFC John T. Ray, Drill Sergeant; SFC Harlin Pavey, Drill Sergeant; SSG Donald C. Dunaway, Drill Sergeant; SSG Jimmy C. York, Drill Sergeant; SFC Bernis P. Thatcher, Drill Sergeant; SSG Jeanette J. Christian, Drill Sergeant; SSG Paul J. Sefcik, Drill Sergeant;

Ronnal Womack

February 8, 2011, 5:30pm (report abuse)

FT McClellan, Alabama Boot Camp Attendees: SSG Gary M. Bell, Drill Sergeant; SSG Chris J. Saucedo, Drill Sergeant; and SGT Reginald H. Sirmons, Supply Sergeant Some names may have been mispelled because my name was misspelled in book as well but shows correct on the information provided for personnel stationed at FT McClellan, Alabama in Annistan, Alabama who were exposed to PCB while stationed at FT McClelland, AL in June 1981 to August 1981 and the staff may have been here earlier than this time period shows and transferred later to another command.

Please send these names to personnel to put on FT McClellan Registry or so they can go seek medical attention for their exposures to PCB contamination in Annistan, Alabama areas.

It is hoped that I helped some of these soldiers who are still alive or who have passed away. Give Veteran Affairs personnel these names provided. I have a basic camp book with pictures of personnel when we graduated boot camp August 1981.

Travis Maher

February 15, 2011, 11:07am (report abuse)

I was stationed at Fort McClellan from September 1997 to February of 1998. Me and my brother Chris Maher went through One Station Unit Training for 54 Bravo or Nuclear Biological Chemical.

My brother has since got cancer that was found very early, but still had it. I have a current claim with Hypertension but my trigger was a lightning strike during Company training at Fort Bragg.

I never once thought that drinking the water and being exposed to the elements could of caused this. I am curious to where this bill is sitting in the 112th Congress as well.

I do have to put one no no out there and that is to you Mr. Womack. I with the knowledge of my brother put his name in this statement, but you do not have to take it upon yourself to put all of these names out there because it is not your right or obligation to. I do strongly feel that it is entitlement that we deserve as soldiers and like me Disabled Veterans that did train or lived at Fort McClellan Alabama.

Fabian handy

February 16, 2011, 4:56pm (report abuse)

I to served at Ft. McClellan.

Retired in 2000.

Started my company in 2000.

Military Disability Consultant

Retired Patient Administration NCOIC Medical Records Specialist.



February 17, 2011, 3:33pm (report abuse)

I was stationed at Ft. McClellen in 1975 for basic training. I went through the gas chamber and was required to remove my mask before being thrown outside of the chamber and left on the ground to recover. I was there in the hot summer time and remember my skin burned when I sweat. After our vaccine shots, I was sick for two day with fever and chills. I have battled Lupus for the last 11 years, along with arthritis, fibromyalgia, retina detachment, heart arrythmia, miagraine headaches, blackout and seizures, skin rashes, chronic sinus infections, constant ring in my ears, bone graft, gall bladder removal, elevated liver enzines and extreme fatigue. I had always been healthy and athletic when I join the Army. My other family members do not have these illnesses. Thank you Sue for your hard work and dedication to the many of us who have suffered for years.

Jon Guba

February 18, 2011, 11:21am (report abuse)

I was stationed at FT McClellan from 1997-1999. I had and still have patches of hair loss that I had treated while I was at McClellan but they noted in my medical records "unknown reasons". I never had an issue prior to being stationed there. The VA gave me zero percent for it but at least they acknowledged it.

Beverly A Starkey

February 22, 2011, 3:51pm (report abuse)

I took basic training at Ft. McCellan in 1982 during that time I was hospizied for 3 days due to a "URI" I also had a rash on my arms and stomach that has been ongoing. I am DM have OA, and at this time seeing a Dem. and cancer doctor for possiable non hoskins lympona or lupis. This bill needs to be passed.

Pauline Parker

February 23, 2011, 2:38pm (report abuse)

I have just became aware of the exposure during my basic training at Ft. McClellan in 1974. I am dianosed with many of the illenesses identified on this site. Arthritis, Atopic Dermatitis, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Gastritis, and God knows what ele.

Good God

February 24, 2011, 11:10pm (report abuse)

Look at them running to jump on the gravy train. Just another welfare group trying to scam some free money.



February 27, 2011, 2:45am (report abuse)

I was stationed at Ft. McClellan in 1978. Shotley after my skin developed vitaligo... currently 98 % of my skin is white from the viyaligo. I have no SPF/EV in m y skin. I burn year around. I have a hypothroid, have had skin cancer, ductual breast cancer, a hypothyroid, suffered many miscarriage and have no children of my own... Just a few A/O presumptives that I have...


February 27, 2011, 2:50am (report abuse)

Good God,...aparently you have not been exposed to agent orange and have notr been around any one who has.. If you had you would not being saying we are looking for a gravy train, free ride..

Penny madden Joyce Mcinnis

February 27, 2011, 10:53am (report abuse)

this is a must.

they at least have a registry for gulf war.. and just now coming to beleive some of health promblems sterms from out time spent in dessert storm


February 27, 2011, 10:54am (report abuse)

I was at Fort McClellan AL in 1978..and have suffered with medical problems since then..it's about time that something is being done...

WAC member

February 27, 2011, 10:55am (report abuse)

this was the headquarters for WAC.

the army has a record of who was stationed from. Force the army tell tell the VA who was there and at what time... BACK DOOR them!


February 28, 2011, 1:28am (report abuse)

I see nothing here referring to agent orange. Now I know you are trying to grab a free ride on the money train.


Nancy G - Indiana

February 28, 2011, 11:49am (report abuse)

I was stationed at McClellan from June to November 1975 for basic and AIT. I have Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, complained of health problems through my entire military career -had to have a hysterectomy 2 years ago due to a dermoid cyst on ovary - they tell me it was probably there for years. Thanks to Sue for bringing this to light. I have been supporting her and this cause for about the past 4 years now. Something needs to be done. I have contacted the VA Medical center here trying to get noticed or seen due to the environmental issues, and all they want me to do is 'prove it' to them. I have kept a claim open with the regional office for the purpose to be recognized that there was and still is an issue for the vets of Fort McClellan. All vets, I don't care what era or war, deserve to be recognized and treated for the problems we have. It is not my place to show and prove that McClellan and Anniston have been the cause of my issues. The Gov knows the issues.

@Nancy G - Indiana

February 28, 2011, 12:21pm (report abuse)

"It is not my place to show and prove"

So you just want them to hand you money with no proof? I certainly hope you never get anything if that is how you want it to work.


February 28, 2011, 5:31pm (report abuse)

In 1977 they got rid of tigarland and open 3 new units. We were also exposed did you think it got cleaned up after or 77, I guess I have a probllem your not getting it. Hellene

needs help

February 28, 2011, 11:10pm (report abuse)

I believe my mom went to basic training at fort mcclellan. She now has fibromyalgai, she has had her galblader removed, she has had a hysterectomy and on new years day she went to the hospital were she had surgery to remove a blockage in het bowels. She has seen so many doctors and none of them have been able to explain the cause for these things. I just read yesterdays times union paper article about Susan Fraser and everything just seems to fit. So a couple of questions I have are: what was the latest year that someone was poisoned by PCB's at the base? Are there any other bases that have reported PCB cases? Also, if it was'my fort mcclellan she did her basic training at does this still sound like PCB poisoning to you?

needs help

February 28, 2011, 11:16pm (report abuse)

My mother also has asthma and she has sudden loss of memory. She has other ailments I just can't think of them off the top of my head and I don't want to wake her up.( I don't think she would want me to be putting her business out in the public but we need help.)

needs help

March 1, 2011, 8:33am (report abuse)

I talked to my mom and she did do basic training at fort McClellan. Her life has been a living hello since trying to serve her country. So now I only have one question. How can I get involved?


(logged-in user) March 1, 2011, 9:53am (report abuse)

1. This bill hasn't carried forward to the 112th Congress. 2. I know many women Vets from all services who did not serve at Ft Mac who suffer from these same illnesses. How do you explain that? They weren't exposed to these hazards yet they still have the same collection of illnesses and diseases/disorders that we have. Yes, I have them, too. Yes, I'm a Ft Mac Vet and no, I won't jump on this bandwagon. How do you explain that? Personally, I think there is no basis behind this. I think we're just unfortunate and we suffer from the luck of the draw. 3. Another writer announced that the VA had given us "presumptive status" and a registry had been approved. This info is incorrect. I blogged about it here: http://onewearysoldier.blogspo…-status-for-ft-mcclellan.html. Go read my blog. It explains more about presumptives than you ever wanted to know.

Good luck to all of you.

Mark N

March 1, 2011, 3:26pm (report abuse)

I Served at McClellan from July 79 to Dec 1982. I have several of the maladies described by some of the other former Soldiers listed here like lower back problems fir which I get 20% from the VA, IBS for which I am not compensated, and I have had various skin cancers including Melanoma for which I am not compensated. Some of these people writing on this blog are just some whiners who were there 4 months and went through the gas chamber and now suffer some type of issue. For those who were in the old BT battalions (not the MP side) and used the old bivouac areas there could be some issues. Much of these old areas werer located near the old chem sites. I also had the privelege of going to APG and Edgewood Aresenal for 7 years. COngress might want to starty a registry for that too.

Mark N

March 1, 2011, 3:49pm (report abuse)

I would also add that the real nasty S%$& was over at Pelham Range (separate part fo the installation from Ft Mac) so the average Basic Trainee or AIT attendee would have never been exposed to the stuff over there. For Perm party and the MP types who were there for BNCOC and ANCOC and perhaps the OA and OB classes, there is a distinct possibility that these folks were running around on their map and orienteering courses in areas previously saturated with various herbecides and possibly low doses of chem from the early years when open air testing was the norm.


March 1, 2011, 9:50pm (report abuse)

Everybody jump on. Mark N says there were "herbicides". That means everyone gets free money!!!


Same old BS. Bunch of slimeballs hoping to scam a bunch of money.

Zona Fannin

March 2, 2011, 11:25am (report abuse)

I was stationed at Fort McClellen for basic trainning; then as a Med Tech at the hospital, 1961-1962. I have chronic respiratory problems even though I'm a non-smoker--don't knbow if it's related or not

James Armour

March 2, 2011, 12:15pm (report abuse)

Stationed there as a drill. At age 42 had heart attack, why? Have had ongoing battle with VA, and consider myself blacklisted by them. I have had major back surgery after retirement. Amazing!


March 2, 2011, 12:41pm (report abuse)

Mark N is correct, I ran the MP tactics side for 3 years. OB, BNOC, ANOC and OA MP worked from Rideout hall which is surrounded by warning signs. MP walked and crawled through yards of this stuff. Yet, we know CS, HC Smoke were all banned from training which many of us inhaled for years. Not sure how you fix the problem to just Ft. Mc. But it does have a majority of areas actively volitile. During training I had no less than 12 soldiers hospitalized for what I thought was mustard burns on their arms and legs. Doc's never agreed.


March 2, 2011, 11:21pm (report abuse)

You may want to know that FT Gordon was another military site that exposed troops to asbestos too. So you all might want to check into this too. I was there in June 1982 to August 1982. I have just found this out as well. So, yes, if the military messed up up, yes they have to take care of us. You will always have a smart mouth person or *** who will try to spoil everything but put their children in our situation. See how they react to being contaminated by chemicals or esbestos and just finding out that this problem existed after all these years having these neurological and miscellaneous symptoms. Yes this FT McClellan, Alabama and FT Gordon, Georgia Contamination Registry needs to be approved.


March 2, 2011, 11:43pm (report abuse)

Just a bunch of freeoaders looking for a shot at the gravy train.

Bunch of scamming losers all of you.



frank mccollum

March 3, 2011, 5:48pm (report abuse)

stationed ft mac 76 heart problems and lung. what gives just like the feds kick vets under bus

To The Smart Ass Person Using My Initials

March 3, 2011, 7:34pm (report abuse)

For the person who doesn't have the balls or proper gender item, stop pretending to be the R.W. person on this comment page.

You are very wrong by replying with someone else's initials.

I think you are upset because someone in the military must have stomped your ***. You do have the freedom to talk but use your own initials and choke your own chicken, OK.

Noone is looking for a charity but you. So reach down and lick yourself.

Therefore, I am for the Bill to be passed. The other R.W., whoever he or she is, is the negative person and he is entitled to say whatever he wants.

I refuse to entertain the low lifer with the negative comments concerning this Bill.


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March 4, 2011, 12:32pm (report abuse)

My initials too, a$$wipe. So stick your indignation up your a$$.

Just a bunch of freeoaders looking for a shot at the gravy train.

Bunch of scamming losers all of you.




(logged-in user) March 4, 2011, 8:00pm (report abuse)

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Deb M

March 5, 2011, 7:47pm (report abuse)

My first comment to this issue was in Jan. It saddens me to see the negative feedback from those who believe we are out to make money for the issue at hand. There will never be enough money to bring back three babies I lost, or my health. The real issue at hand should be that we were exposed to pcb's in the water, and asbestos in our barracks. I have checked out the Superfund list and have found toxic dumping at all three installations that I had the previlage to serve this great nation at, Ft. McClellan, Ft. Dix, and Aberdeen Proving Ground. My only observation is that we should have a chance to see the ratio count of those with all these bad autoimmune diseases who served at Ft. McClellan. I do respect the right of all people to free speech. However, If you do not walk in our shoes I just ask you not take for granted that money is our only adgenda.

Respectfully submitted,


@Deb M

March 5, 2011, 10:23pm (report abuse)

At the end of the day, when there is no money there will be no interest. You can play for all the sympathy and tears you want - it will boil down to a "GIMME GIMME GIMME" chant from this group.


March 7, 2011, 5:11am (report abuse)

I was in the first class that went through the CDTF in 1987...was on the training tape for the class..I have MS, Thyroidectomy, cronic fatigue, etc...coincience? No way...

Deb M

March 7, 2011, 8:00am (report abuse)

To the kind person who addressed my statement. Your welcome for your right to free speech...

Have a great day.

Cary F

March 11, 2011, 2:47pm (report abuse)

I went to Basic at Ft McClellan in January of 1973. I have had fertility issues, multiple miscariges, elevated liver enzymes, arthritis, catyracts, heart problems, and was recently diagnosed with CLL. Could it be that this is all connected to my time at FT. Mc?

@Cary F

March 12, 2011, 1:10am (report abuse)

Or could it be that your lifestyle is the cause? But you would never consider that because you don't see any money there.




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March 12, 2011, 10:45am (report abuse)



Be careful about creating an account here. He says he doesn't use your email address for anything else. But my mailbox sure started to get a lot more junk soon after I registered.

Let's Do the Math

March 12, 2011, 4:23pm (report abuse)

This jerk-off "* * *" is unregistered and says that registering gets you junk mail. I think that pretty much guarantees the opposite is true, huh? I'm registering just to get back at this dirtbag.

Cary Foster

March 12, 2011, 5:56pm (report abuse)

I am still spining from the news that I have cancer,and even more from the news that it may have been caused by chemical exposure. But I will never regret the fact that I served my country with pride. My service helped preserve your right to say what you will about all the veterans posted here. We can alll stand tall, can you?

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